Water Stewardship Information Sources

Citation Francoeur, A. 2011. Alberni Valley Drinking Water Reference Guide. Prepared for Save Our Valley Alliance.
Organization Save Our Valley Alliance
URL http://www.acrd.bc.ca/cms/wpattachments/wpID70atID1008.pdf
Abstract/Description or Keywords ave Our Valley Alliance Public Education Committee (SOVA-SPEC) identified that an
overview of current water legislation and practices at local, regional, provincial, and federal
levels was needed in order to raise the public’s awareness of drinking water and watershed
values. The objective of this report has been to provide a synthesis of available information
concerning drinking water in the Alberni Valley, to identify any problems and threats and, based
on these, to make recommendations for improved governance, management, and usage. To this
end, research included an overview of water history, legislation, management, the rationale for
water treatment methods, inventories of the various drinking water supplies and requirements in
the Alberni Valley, and watershed mapping.
Despite an extensive institutional framework equipped with government regulations and experts
who have responsibility for protecting and maintaining water resources and quality in Canada,
concerns have arisen nationally and locally over the many challenges to meeting these
responsibilities. Water resource managers have adopted a blind push to embrace water treatment
technology rather than source protection to solve water quality issues. There is a lack of
knowledge about drinking water sources by both the general public and water managers. What
information is available is riddled with a proliferation of assumptions rather than facts. During
our research, it became apparent that there are major challenges to managing water in British
Columbia. Five of these were identified, explained, and their historical context.
Information Type report
Regional Watershed Vancouver Island South
Sub-watershed if known Port Alberni
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Project status
Contact Name Anita Francoeur
Contact Email [email protected]