Local Government Water Systems
Infrastructure plays a fundamental role in protecting the health of community water systems. Local governments can implement different tools and strategies to improve their water systems infrastructure.
Poorly managed or designed water system infrastructure can cause or exacerbate issues such as drinking water waste, wastewater effluent and contaminated stormwater runoff, and jeopardize a community's ecological integrity and prosperity.
Through development and strategies that address these issues, such as demand-side management, water conservation and recycling efforts, local governments can realize economic, environmental and health benefits for their communities.
Drinking Water Infrastructure
Besides the economic and environmental benefits it can provide, sustainable water resource management is critical for ensuring that all British Columbians have access to safe and reliable drinking water.
Wastewater from residential and commercial sources contains chemicals and micro-organisms which can threaten public health and damage the environment. Managing wastewater is a key aspect of developing a high-quality built environment that supports safe communities and protects ecological integrity.
Stormwater, such as rainwater and runoff water from impervious surfaces, has implications for urban planning as it cannot infiltrate the ground and is typically channeled into storm sewers and watercourses. As stormwater runs off in developed areas, it can gather pollutants such as oil, pesticides and other contaminants that can have an adverse effect downstream.
Drought conditions can affect communities in many different ways, such as reducing water availability for domestic and non-domestic use. Local governments can support drought management through data collection, program and information delivery, emergency response and other tools and strategies.
Groundwater wells can provide communities with access to safe, clean water to meet both domestic and non-domestic needs. Local governments can help safeguard these wells against pollution and wasted water by regulating well construction and maintenance.