About 97% of water licensed in British Columbia is for power production, including storage for power production. The remaining 3% of water licensed is for consumptive uses such as industrial, commercial, drinking water or agriculture.
As a finite resource, water has its limits and must be recognized. We have to carefully manage our water to ensure this precious resource is available for everyone. This includes reserving water for the 4.7 million hectares of agricultural lands in British Columbia.
Certainty of access to water is crucial for agricultural development and food security in the province.
Many publications are available to agricultural producers to manage their water use in an effective and environmental manner, while increasing their production.
It is imperative that we manage the essential agriculture water allocation in the most efficient manner possible.
There are a number of agriculture water management strategies and projects being undertaken in British Columbia.
Agriculture producers in the province must plan and prepare for emergencies that may occur and can include drought, flood, livestock evacuation as well as mass livestock carcass disposal.
Producers may be eligible to apply for cost-sharing incentives under the Growing Forward Beneficial Management Practice Program.