Often, a proponent needs to deposit some kind of waste into a natural water body like a lake or a stream. Waste is any substance that, when added to water, may cause the quality of the water to degrade in some way. Examples of waste include such things as sewage from a community or the water that has been used by a mining company to crush up rock. Proponents are not allowed to deposit as much waste as they want. Instead, Board set limits in a proponent’s water licence on exactly how much waste can be deposited. The water licence will also tell the proponent what it must do to minimize the waste that they generate so that we can minimize the amount of waste deposited.
Overall, the Board’s objective is to ensure that water quality in the receiving environment is maintained at a level that allows for current and future water uses. The draft Water and Effluent Quality Management Policy describes more about how the Board writes water licences protects water quality and minimizes the amount of waste discharged.
Please see the “Guidelines, Policies & Acts” page of our website for more information on the Water Quality Policy.