B6: Sustaining Clean Water Resources

Year
2015
Category
Environment,Contamination,Waters
NCLGA Ref#
B6

Status

NCLGA Executive Recommendation: Endorse | Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership

Details

WHEREAS municipalities from time to time receive groundwater or surface water test reports from certified laboratories indicating contamination results higher than the Canadian safety standards;  

AND WHEREAS unsatisfactory test results typically prompt authorities to issue an advisory or restriction on use of that water, but no investigation or plan to remediate the situation,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the UBCM work with the province to establish a fund to allow local governments to identify the source of contamination and devise and implement a plan for remediation.

Responses

The UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution proposing that the Province provide funding to enable local governments to investigate groundwater or surface water contamination and develop and implement a remediation plan.

More broadly, members have consistently endorsed resolutions seeking greater protection for water sources and increased penalties for contamination (2013-B37, 2012-B77, 2012-B120, 2002-B54, 2000-B22, 2000-LR2, 1998-LR2, 1990-A17).