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.
In 1992, three founding members of the original BCWWA Water Sustainability Committee collaborated on a magazine article that addressed drought management and water conservation issues in the British Columbia context.
"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.
Purple pipe programs can now provide local government meaningful opportunity to take the next step in implementing water conservation safely, without bearing capital costs or increasing operational expenses. And it can start with their next building permit application.
Bob Sandford (Chair, Canadian Partnership Initiative): There is a disconnect between attitudes towards water conservation and what people are actually doing. This should be a huge concern, given that the long-term supply of this presource is already at risk in many parts of the country.
Edited by David Brooks, Oliver Brandes and Stephen Gurman, this is the first book anywhere in the world to comprehensively present and apply the water soft path approach. It demonstrates that soft path analysis is both analytical and practical.
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.
Faced with the possibility of a five-month drought in 1992, and knowing that the reservoirs could be empty by September, the 16 municipalities comprising the Metro Vancouver Region imposed a ban on lawn sprinkling on June 25th. This was done after it became apparent that voluntary reduction in use would not be enough, reported Metro Vancouver's Tom Heath.
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.
“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.
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.
"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
"Australia is set to roll out intelligent rainwater tank systems that can be controlled through smart phones and automatically control the release of water. The system pre-empts the release of water from set points that are chosen by the user," reports Adrian Blinman.
“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.