Water Balance Model now resides within the ‘Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia’, a non-profit society

“An essential part of the plan for ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Water Balance Model is the creation of a legal entity where the tool will reside permanently. This action has now been completed,” reports Ted van der Gulik. "Formation of the society is a pivotal milestone in the history of the WBM. Over the years, various people have asked us who owns the WBM. Now when we answer 'the Partnership owns it', it will be crystal clear to everyone."

District of North Vancouver experience in applying the Water Balance Model to develop a watershed restoration vision

"We saw the Water Balance Model as an important tool that would help us to work within our developed community to restore function and value based on the premise that developed land can contribute to watershed restoration," said Richard Boase. "A key message from the District of North Vancouver experience is that Council is making informed decisions based on information derived from use of the Water Balance Model."

District of Mission is the newest member of the Water Balance Model Partnership

"The goal of the District of Mission in managing rainwater is to provide sustainable hydrologic systems that mimic natural systems, protect groundwater resources, and minimize downstream flooding and erosion. We look forward to sharing our experience with other WBM Partners in applying the Stream Health Methodology," stated Hirod Gill.

Water Sustainability Action Plan funders laud value of Water Bucket website

The Water Bucket Website Partnership reports a 45% increase in user visits after two years of Google Analytics monitoring. The rolling 6-month average exceeds 4000 visits per month. “We attribute this large jump to the cumulative enhancements that the partnership has been systematically implementing," stated Mike Tanner.

Application of the Water Balance Model: Does it require more or less data than other drainage simulation tools?

"Physical data is required to undertake the design of any drainage system. This is true whether one uses the WBM or any of a number of alternative analysis systems or computer software packages. The WBM uses the information gathered as part of a normal design process. It does not require the user to have more site information than required by any other system of design," explained Jim Dumont.

Water Balance Model in the classroom: Richard Boase elaborates on new directions in urban watershed planning

“Richard provided a very engaging presentation to the members of the faculty and students regarding the impacts of single family redevelopment on water supply/demand and rainwater management. His presentation will be immensely valuable to the students as they prepare to venture out into the world as young engineers," stated Colleen Chan, the Department of Civil Engineering at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Technical Manual enables Water Balance Model users to “follow the numbers”

The manual is a highly navigable online text organized in a manner that allows the user to understand a variety of aspects of the Water Balance Model in varying degrees of detail. “The community of Water Balance Model users had been asking for a technical manual that documents the intelligent WBM interface that translates user information into data used by the QUALHYMO engine," stated Richard Boase.