The proposed Water Act is set to create a new and more effective water management regime. A white paper was released in 2015 followed by public consultations conducted by the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC). The Council released the Water Act Public Consultation Report in May 2016.
From the consultations, government has developed a draft Water Act that will consolidate previous legislation and also create new legislation in areas such as groundwater allocation, discharges into fresh and marine water environments, and mandated targets for water quality.
In addition to the draft Water Act, companion documents are available below to help explain the Act and policies behind it:
Water Act - Policy Framework – Explains the policies and background that formulate the construction of the draft Act.
Inside the Water Act – Summary explanations of the components of the draft Act.
Draft Water Act – The full draft Act.
Water Act Public Consultation Meetings Presentation – The government presentation from the public consultation meetings.
Addressing the Recommendations from the EAC Water Act Public Consultations – Identification of the parts of the draft Act where recommendations from the 2016 Water Act Public Consultation Report have been addressed.
How do I participate?
Public consultation is currently open on the draft Water Act. Government is encouraging all Islanders to participate. You can attend public meetings or submit comments online.