Membership News

Public review: Draft Water Quality Guidelines

The BC Ministry of Environment is currently holding a public review of draft Water Quality Guidelines prior to their final approval. The BCWWA Drinking Water Committee is currently compiling and submitting feedback on the Guidelines on behalf of the Association. If you are interested in submitting feedback to be included in the Association's response, please review the Guideline Document as well as a summary of the proposed update, and submit your comments to Nick Sargent, BCWWA Drinking Water Committee, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  before Monday, August 29, 2016

Please note: All public review comments received on the draft water quality guidelines will be posted on the Ministry's website and made available to all interested parties.

Wipes campaign materials available for local governments

In the fall of 2015, Metro Vancouver partnered with the City of Pitt Meadows on a pilot project to test ways to reduce the amount of 'flushable' wipes going down the drain. The result was a humerous 'Adult Toilet Training' campaign, which led to a significant drop in the number of wipes ending up the wastewater system.

To help other municipalities reduce the negative impact of wipes on the region's wastewater systems, Metro Vancouver has made all of the Never Flush Wipes campaign materials avaialble on their website for posting and distribution. Non-government agencies are required to use the Metro Vancouver logo and tagline, unaltered with the free campaign artwork.

For more information on the Metro Vancouver Never Flush Wipes campaign, watch for more information in the Summer Issue of Watermark Magazine!

New Guidelines on Drinking Water for Major Events

The Health Protection Branch at the BC Ministry of Health has recently released a report entitled Public Health Guidelines: Major Planned Events. The guidelines are designed to assist event organizers in planning for public health concerns and reducing incidents associated with major planned events. The report also provides advice about obtaining any necessary approvals from the local regional health authority. The guidelines are focused around a series of fact sheets, addressing:

  • Drinking water,
  • Safe food,
  • Sanitation,
  • Solid and Liquid Waste Management, and
  • Harm Reduction

The Public Health Guidelines: Major Planned Events were created to supplement the Emergency Management BC document Major Planned Events Guidelines. As such, these reports have been posted alongside each other on the Government of B.C. website under Keeping BC Healthy and Safe and Emergency Preparedness.

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