Public input sought on draft Water Act
Government invites all Islanders to comment on the first draft of the proposed Water Act.
Designed to protect the Island’s water resources and the ecosystems that support them, the draft legislation released today at Water Act was created after a thorough first round of consultation with Islanders. Today marks the launch of the second round of public consultation.
“I want to thank all Islanders who participated in the first round – which resulted in the creation of the new draft Water Act – and encourage everyone to remain engaged through our second and final stage of legislation development,” Communities, Land and Environment Minister Robert Mitchell said. “We believe the draft act incorporates what we heard from Islanders about what is important to them, and I look forward to going out to Island communities over the next few weeks to hear further suggestions on how we should protect this precious natural resource for future generations.”
The draft Water Act is composed of existing and new legislation and includes purpose and goals, a new program to monitor the quantity and quality of water resources, and a new public registry for all water-related approvals. It is broken down into several key sections including:
• protection of water;
• water management areas;
• water withdrawals and wastewater discharges;
• water supply of water and wastewater disposal systems;
• offences and penalties; and
Public feedback can be provided online on the Water Act web page or at public consultation sessions across the Island. We encourage those interested in making a presentation to pre-register by calling 902-368-5028.
Public consultations on draft Water Act will be at 7 p.m on the following dates:
• Thursday, March 30 at Kaylee Hall, Pooles Corner
• Monday, April 3 at Westisle Composite High School, Elmsdale
• Wednesday, April 5 at Credit Union Place, Summerside
• Monday, April 10 at Murphy’s Community Centre, Charlottetown
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