Okanagan Basin Water Board proposes new B.C. water commission

InfoTel – May 14, 2014

A new B.C. water commission to streamline water use reporting and connect water licence rental fees with water management needs is being proposed by the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB).

Such a commission would be self-funded and would also be able to provide grants for water projects with only slight increase in current water license fees, according to an independent business case prepared by accounting firm Grant Thornton.

According to provincial figures, these fees are currently so low they would add less than a dollar a year to residential water bills.

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