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Water Conservation on the Island

Water is commonly thought to be plentiful on BC’s west coast; an assumption that has traditionally shaped our decisions about everything from planning our home gardens to designing and operating cooling systems and industrial processes. However, the rising cost of providing drinking water from finite sources in growing urban areas is rendering many traditional water using devices, systems and practices obsolete.

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WCEL helps protect Sunshine Coast

With help from West Coast Environmental Law (WCEL), a two-year effort to protect the Sunshine Coast’s Hotel Lake from harmful water withdrawals is successful. The Environmental Appeal Board has limited the amount of water that can be withdrawn from Hotel Lake until studies demonstrate that increased water use will not harm the lake.

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Town of Gibsons has best-tasting water in the world

The Town of Gibsons has won an international competition in which being tasteless is a good thing. The Sunshine Coast municipality won the coveted title of “World's Best Water” for 2005 at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting contest. 60 municipalities vied for the prize at the spa town of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. The water-tasting competition has been held for 15 years as part of the Winter Festival of the Waters.

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Analysis of Agricultural Water Supply Issues

The National Water Supply Expansion Program is a four-year $60 million Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada investment in secure water supplies for agriculture. The intent of the program is to improve the capacity of agricultural producers to deal with drought and other agriculturally related water supply constraints through the development and expansion on water supply systems on a cost-shared basis.

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