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.

The Water Act was proclaimed in February 2021 for implementation on June 16, 2021.  Regulations have been developed to support its implementation which also will be effective on June 16, 2021.

Proposed Regulation Amendment Supporting an Irrigation Strategy

The Standing Committee on Natural Resources and Environmental Sustainability has recommended that an irrigation strategy be developed for Prince Edward Island.  A proposed change to the Water Withdrawal Regulations supports this development.  The text for this proposed change is provided below:

Can I provide comments on the amendments to the Water Withdrawal Regulations?

Comments are welcome on the proposed changes to the Water Withdrawal Regulations to support the implementation of an irrigation strategy until September 1, 2021. 

Supporting Regulations

There are four sets of regulations that are needed initially to implement the Water Act, the Proposed Water Withdrawal Regulations, the Proposed Well Construction RegulationsProposed Water Supply, the Wastewater Treatment Systems Regulations and the Sewage Disposal Systems Regulations.  They were open for public consultation in 2019 and 2020.  The Proposed Water Withdrawal Regulations and the Proposed Well Construction Regulations have been revised as a result of those consultations, as well as recommendations from the Standing Committee on Natural Resources and Environmental Sustainability.  The revised and original versions of each set of regulations are available on the web pages listed below:

Where can I get more information on water resources on PEI?

You can visit the new website - On The Level

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 draft legislation. From the consultations, government developed the Water Act that was passed in 2017. 

As part of the consultation on the Water Withdrawal Regulations, four public meetings were held in the fall of 2019. The Water Withdrawal Regulations Consultation Report was prepared to summarize the information government received. 

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

Published date: 
June 10, 2021
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