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Province-wide Review of the Organic Matter Recycling Regulation

On April 4, 2016, the BC government announced the province-wide review of the Organic Matter Recycling Regulation and the Ministry of Environment is offering a two-part series of informational webinars over the summer months for stakeholders and interested parties.

Please note that these are information sessions only. There will be an opportunity for all interested parties to consult on the Intentions Paper (publication planned for the fall of 2016).

For more information on the Organic Matter Recycling Regulation, please visit the Government of British Columbia website

Informational webinars: 

Part 1 – Process Series
This series will provide information on the regulation amendment process and inform interested parties about how they may engage in the review process. The same presentation will be provided at each of the following three sessions.
Session 1A: July 19, 10:00AM to 11:00AM PDT
Session 1B: July 20, 3:00PM to 4:00PM PDT
Session 1C: July 21, 10:00AM to 11:00AM PDT

 

Part 2 – Policy Series
This series will provide a quick summary on the regulation amendment process and will provide information on potential policy issues under consideration for the upcoming Intentions Paper (publication planned for fall, 2016). The same presentation will be provided at each of the following three sessions.
Session 2A: August 9, 10:00AM to 11:00AM PDT
Session 2B: August 10, 3:00PM to 4:00PM PDT
Session 2C: August 11, 10:00AM to 11:00AM PDT

 

 

Draft guidance document on using non-potable water now available

The BC Ministry of Health, with the regional health authorities’ support, has prepared the draft Guidance for Using Non-potable Ambient Water for Domestic Purposes in British Columbia. This document was prepared to support officials who are responsible for issuing permits to water supply systems that use non-potable water from ambient sources for domestic purposes. 

 

Non-potable water is water that is not suitable for human consumption and food preparation. It does not meet the standard for drinking water, but can still be used for some domestic purposes. For the purpose of this document, non-potable water includes all water from an ambient source (that is, fresh water from a surface water or ground water source) that does not meet the definition for potability under the Drinking Water Protection Act.

 

The draft Guidance for Using Non-potable Ambient Water for Domestic Purposes in British Columbia is a first step in providing provincial guidance on non-potable water. It does not provide specific guidance on recycled water (for example, reclaimed water and grey water) or rain water. More information is available on the Ministry's website

 

Public Consultation: PFOS and PFOA in drinking water

The Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water (CDW) has assessed the available information on Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) with the intent of developing a drinking water guidelines and guideline technical documents for each. Until September 2, 2016, the CDW is holding a public consultation to solicit comments on both proposed guidelines, the approach used for their development and on the potential economic costs of implementing them, as well as to determine the availability of additional exposure data. If you are interested in submitting comments on one or both documents, please visit the Health Canada site for more information.



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