Water extraction opposed

Columbia Shuswap Regional District directors have taken a unanimous stand against commercial water extraction in rural Golden.

The CSRD is developing a policy opposing the extraction of fresh water for commercial bottled water sales following an application in the Town of Golden for a water bottling facility.

The application sparked concern among residents.

Electoral Area A director Karen Cathcart says it was important to protect the health of watersheds in the area, especially in light of difficulties with access to quality water sources and water contamination.

Cathcart noted that while the recent application is within the Town of Golden, she believes it will only be a matter of time before a similar application could be made in Electoral Area A.

“Before that happens, I think we need to be sending a clear message to the province that we do not support this,” she said, noting there is a groundswell of support among residents in the Golden area to preserve and protect their natural water resources.

The province has jurisdiction over water extraction, but directors felt a policy against extraction for commercial bottled water sales would send a strong message that the area is not in support.

“Although we don’t have control, this also sends a message to our constituents that we support their concerns,” said board chair Rhona Martin.

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