Public input sought on Water Act draft regulations

Islanders are invited to provide their comments on new draft regulations under the Water Act.

Communities, Land and Environment Minister Richard Brown tabled the draft regulations on well construction, water supply and wastewater treatment at the Standing Committee on Communities, Land and Environment today. To view the draft regulations and provide input, visit Prince Edward Island Water Act. Draft regulations on water withdrawal will be tabled later and will address the control of water extraction.

“It is important for government to hear the views of Islanders on the draft regulations under the Water Act before they come into effect,” said Minister Brown. “The regulations will help ensure that the quality and quantity of our water are protected and enhanced under the Water Act.”

The Water Act was passed in the provincial legislature in the fall of 2017. Before the act can be proclaimed, the regulations must be adopted.

The well construction regulations focus on construction of wells rather than their use to extract groundwater. The purpose of the water supply and wastewater treatment regulations is to outline the approval process for the establishment or modification of water and wastewater systems and to establish minimum standards for their operation.

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