FLASHBACK TO 2010: “Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation is providing financial support for the Rainwater Harvesting Module to add to the capabilities of the Water Balance Model,” stated Cate Soroczan, CMHC Senior Researcher

"The early success of the Water Balance Model in British Columbia generated interest in expanding the focus of the tool to reach a national audience. This culminated in the decision by CMHC in 2004 to fund development of the national portal," stated Cate Soroczan. "The rainwater harvesting and storage component with variable sizing and demand will allow the user to optimize both the demand for potable water and the size of the physical storage."

FLASHBACK TO 2010: “Publication of the Technical Manual for the Water Balance Model allows users to follow the numbers,” stated Richard Boase, Co-Chair of the Inter-Governmental Partnership, at the time of its release

“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. The lens for manual development was the engineering user who wants to follow the numbers from the WBM interface keystroke to the QUALHYMO file. In a nutshell, it is all about data mapping," stated Richard Boase in 2010.

FLASHBACK TO 2010: “Erosion is a key factor in water resources management. Managing this effect has become a clear requirement,” stated Jim Dumont when Environment Canada and CMHC co-funded addition of the Stream Erosion Module to the Water Balance Model

"A principal result of increased volumes and rates of flow associated with urbanization is the consequent increase in stream erosion,” stated Jim Dumont. “This can be an economically important factor as maintenance and hydraulic capacity is affected, and it can also be an ecologically important factor as habitat is impaired through degradation, aggregation and increased suspended solids transport.”

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.