On July 7, 2004, in Chilliwack, the Honourable Bill Barisoff, Minister of Water, Land and Air Protection (now Environment) publicly announced that the government has enacted the Ground Water Protection Regulation (GWPR). The GWPR is designed to protect British Columbia’svaluable ground water resource. The GWPR deals with aspects of well construction that significantly enhance ground water protection — i.e., installing effective surface seals around wells, securely capping and floodproofing wells, and permanently closing unused wells to protect ground water quality. The GWPR also establishes the qualifications for well drillers and well pump installers and provides for a provincial registry of those possessing the qualifications. Registration provisions in the GWPR for qualified well drillers and qualified well pump installers will come into force on November 1, 2004, as will amendments to the Water Act (2001) providing for ground water protection. One year later, on November 1, 2005, the remainder of the GWP
BC Ministry of Environment. 2005. Ground Water Protection Regulation - Phase 1 Protecting the Ground Water Resources of British Columbia. BC Ministry of Environment
Keywords: Ground Water Protection Regulation, GWPR, well drillers, well pump installers, water quantity, water quality, bacteriological contamination, wells
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