The Comox Valley Regional District board of directors has identified a leadership role in developing a regional solution to water governance and management, as a top priority for the 2015-2018 electoral term.

Provincial health requirements for water treatment, including filtration, plus aging infrastructure, population growth and the effects of climate change pushed water to the top of the priority list at the board’s two day strategic planning session, held recently on June 16 and 17.

Goat News spoke with Bruce Jolliffe, CVRD board chair.

The most recent survey of Comox Valley residents, conducted for the CVRD by Ipsos-Reid in May, showed that water supply and infrastructure were the areas people wanted the CVRD directors to focus on in the short and medium term.

Other priorities identified by the board for attention in the 2015-2018 electoral term of office were sewer, homelessness and flood management.