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Bowen eyes new model for local water systems

Proposal would end Water System Local Advisory Committees
A tap with water flowing

The municipality will decide whether to adopt a new approach to governing the Island’s numerous water systems during council next week.

Bowen’s seven water systems are currently overseen by Local Advisory Committees (LAC), which are made up of residents from those neighbourhoods along with a council liaison. These LAC are responsible for reviewing utility budgets and advising council on financial and other matters related to water operations.

Under the proposed model, which can be found in the agenda package for the July 8 council meeting, this reporting would now come directly to council and effectively end the LAC model. The bylaws establishing the LAC would be repealed, and no more LAC meetings would take place in the future. Instead, Community Information Meetings will be held to keep residents informed of changes or updates to neighbourhood water issues or developments.

Established Local Service Areas (LSA) would remain, along with all of the current LSA budgets and rates.

The meeting will take place on Monday at 1 pm.