The province is providing a revenue stream for a study on how to better manage water on Salt Spring Island.
The $50,000 grant is being given to the Capital Regional District which owns and and is responsible for the operation of five water systems on the Southern Gulf Island.
The North Salt Spring Waterworks District, the largest provider of water on the Island, joined the CRD in requesting the funding.
The island’s public water is currently delivered by five different authorities, making it challenging to provide service and cost savings to residents.
The study will look at two main improvement options
* improving integration and co-ordination of water service delivery on Salt Spring Island while maintaining North Salt Spring Waterworks District’s status as an independent public water service provider; or
* creating a unified Capital Regional District-Salt Spring water commission and centralizing operation and administration of water service, converting the North Salt Spring Waterworks District to a Capital Regional District service.
The study is expected to be completed by spring 2020.
With files from Canadian Press