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A Water Conservation Strategy for British Columbia


The goal of A Water Conservation Strategy for British Columbia is to develop and promote supply and demand-side management measures for application by municipalities, water purveyors, drawers and users throughout the province, recognizing regional differences.

Columbia Basin Water Smart Initiative: Working at the Leading Edge of Water Loss Management


"In just two years of program implementation, 23 Water Smart communities have reduced community water demand by an average of 12 per cent, with some achieving savings of more than 30 per cent. How? By focusing their conservation activities where the potential savings are biggest: reducing leakage in the distribution system," reports Meredith Hamstead.

Sustainability at Home: A toolkit for British Columbians


It's a one‐stop shop, designed to help with everyday decision‐making – offering solutions to challenging questions that save both time and money. The toolkit offers simple steps to get homeowners started on the road to a greener home.

2015 Drought: Metro Vancouver Region in Uncharted Territory!

The ‘new normal’ in British Columbia is drought and flooding. The summer dry season has extended on both ends and communities can no longer count on a predictable snowpack and reliable rain to maintain a healthy water balance in their watersheds. "We are in uncharted territory, we've never had it this dry ever in recorded history," said North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto.

“There is an increased interest in rainwater harvesting in California and Texas,” says David Crawford, ARCSA President

“Contractors need to be looking at storm water regulations that are kicking in. Municipalities are changing requirements for storm water collection. Rainwater harvesting is a great solution to this, as well as getting tax credits by putting rainwater harvesting in. Now that there are codes and standards out there people are getting on board, so rainwater harvesting is starting to be more accepted," says David Crawford.

News from New Zealand: Rainwater tank takes sustainability award

The simple but innovative design was developed by Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office (WREMO), eight councils in the Wellington region and rainwater tank manufacturer the Tank Guy. "The tanks provide a convenient, easy and relatively affordable way for people to prepare for an emergency. Their popularity is already helping people to store water and improve the resilience of the Wellington region," says Mayor Nick Leggett.

Rainwater Harvesting on Bowen Island, British Columbia

"The properties that are being developed in the Cowan Point area of Bowen Island have a restrictive covenant which requires everyone to have a rainwater harvesting system. That means all outdoor water use must come from your storage tank. In our case, however, the tanks are providing both outdoor water use and our toilet water," states Kim Stephens

City of Vancouver looking to harvest rainwater to cut water use

“We’ve done several projects like that, where people don’t have storm sewers at all. They might have one acre, and the land has to be able to absorb all the water, and it can’t. There would be too much water going on to a neighbour’s property," states Bob Burgess.