Environmental Sustainability and Strategic Policy Division
Water Rights and Legislation
British Columbia’s water resource is one of our most precious and important assets. From a crucial supply of drinking water to energy to recreation to irrigation, B.C. water meets many needs for many people.
Government is considering modernizing the Water Act to help make our water laws simpler to understand, communicate, administer and enforce to respond to current and future challenges. A discussion paper has been developed to encourage dialogue on ways to modernize the Water Act. The Discussion Paper proposes principles to underpin a modernized Water Act and presents goals, supporting objectives and possible solutions.
This section is designed to assist you in learning more about the many Acts, Guidelines and Safety Measures established by the Provincial Government help to ensure responsible and sustainable use of B.C.’s water.