Regional Water Supply Commission Elects Chair and Vice-Chair

Jan 19, 2022

Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) is pleased to announce the election of the 2022 Chair and Vice-Chair of the Regional Water Supply Commission (RWSC), a Commission of the CRD Board. The elected officials that serve on the RWSC provide leadership over the provision of high quality drinking water and stewardship of the water supply catchment lands on behalf of the local governments across Greater Victoria.

City of Langford Councillor Lillian Szpak has been re-elected as the RWSC Chair for the second consecutive year, and District of Highlands Councillor Gord Baird has been re-elected as the RWSC Vice-Chair. The RWSC Chair will lead the 22 member Commission. 

In her remarks to the Commission, Chair Szpak expressed her thanks to the members for their hard work and dedication, and spoke to her priorities for the upcoming year. “We have seen exponential growth in our region and with that comes an even greater need to protect and effectively manage our water supply to ensure abundant, clean drinking water for years to come. In Greater Victoria, we are fortunate to have the best drinking water in the world. Our focus as a Commission will be to continue to evaluate climate change impacts on the Water Supply Area and set out the long term water supply plan for the coming decades. 2022 will also be the year we prepare for an update to the Regional Water Supply Strategic Plan.”

The RWSC undertakes significant work to advance the priorities and areas of focus identified in the Regional Water Supply Strategic Plan including drinking water quality, population growth, climate change, education and engagement, drinking water transmission, capital investments and management of the water supply area.

Learn more about the Regional Water Supply Commission.

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Ted Robbins, General Manager
CRD Integrated Water Services
Tel: 250.360.3061
Cell: 250.217.9084