Water Act

The goal of a Prince Edward Island Water Act is to protect the quality and quantity of our water and ensure that the supply is healthy and sustainable now and into the future.

What is the status of the Water Act and regulations?

The Water Act was passed in the legislature in the fall of 2017. Since then, regulations that operationalise the Act have been developed.  The first two sets, the Proposed Well Construction Regulations and the Proposed Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment Systems Regulations, are now available for public consultation.  A third set, the Proposed Water Withdrawal Regulations, will be available for consultation later in 2019.

The proposed regulations and explanatory documents are available for each set of regulations below:

Can I comment on the proposed regulations?

Yes, you can submit your comments on both of the proposed regulations below. 

How was the Water Act created?

A white paper was released in 2015 followed by public consultations conducted by the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC).   Visit A Water Act for PEI website for information from the 2015 consultations and the EAC 2016 Water Act Public Consultation Report.

Additional public consultations occurred during the spring of 2017 on a draft Act.  From the consultations, government developed the Water Act that was passed in 2017. 

Companion documents and comments from the 2017 consultation process and the development of the Water Act are available below:


Published date: 
March 5, 2019
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