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World Water Day is upon us, and you might not know it, but the BC Oil and Gas Commission (Commission) employs a hydrogeologist (groundwater) and a hydrologist (surface water), as technical subject matter experts to help regulate how water is used in oil and gas activities to safeguard the environment and protect public safety.

With March 22, 2020, marking World Water Day, it’s a good time to focus our attention on the importance of water. This year’s theme is ‘Water and Climate Change’. Around Canada and the world, numerous events take place during World Water Week and on the day itself to highlight the value of water. As we are in the middle of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, most of the events have been or will be cancelled.

Being in social isolation allows us time to reflect on the value of water, and a reminder that many countries around the world struggle with basic, reliable, drinking water. In fact, do you know where your drinking water comes from? Does it come from surface water (i.e. a nearby stream or lake) or groundwater? Perhaps you haul your own water or have someone deliver it? Most of us take it for granted that when we turn our taps on, we will have clean, drinkable water, without really thinking much about it.

Commission hydrologists, hydrogeologists, and many other water professionals complete their job, so you do not need to think about where your water comes from or wonder if it is safe to drink. “I love working as a hydrologist, after all, as the First Nations say, water is life,” says Commission hydrologist, Suzan Lapp. In British Columbia we are a fairly water “rich” province, and with proper management it should stay that way.

Here are a few links to check out regarding World Water Day: World Water Day or UN Water.

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