NEWS RELEASE – March 15, 2019
Supreme Court Finds Water Bylaws Reasonable
Campbell River, BC: The Supreme Court has dismissed a case against the Strathcona Regional District and the City of Campbell River pertaining to established bylaws.
The case was brought forward by a resident of Northern Electoral Area D and challenged the legality of one City of Campbell River bylaw and two Regional District bylaws. These bylaws set the rates and fees for the supply and use of water. The Regional District purchases bulk water from the City to supply the Area D water system and then passes on these costs for the water to the end users.
In the judgment handed down on March 14th, the Honourable Madam Justice Young found the bylaws to be reasonable and dismissed the case. All parties were ordered to pay their own legal costs. The SRD’s legal costs will be paid through the Area D water service as legislatively required.
“We are relieved to finally have closure on this so that we can move forward with investigating ways to provide a sustainable service to Area D residents,” said SRD Board Chair Michele Babchuk, “This is likely to include infrastructure renewal, asset management and water conservation measures that will help us address any physical deficiencies in the system as well as mitigate rising costs in the future. Wherever possible, the SRD will continue its successful track record of sourcing grant funding to assist with capital costs and providing services that meet the needs and expectations of the community.”
The Strathcona Regional District is a partnership of four electoral areas and five municipalities providing services to approximately 43,000 residents.