“Sustainable service delivery is an emerging issue in BC. Changing and/or additional demands mean the local government workload is expanding. Local governments are being challenged to maintain and/or replace existing infrastructure over time, and to ‘do more with less’,” states Kim Stephens.
2010 Nanaimo Region Water Pricing Workshop
Worth Every Penny: Regional District of Nanaimo will host workshop on 'Conservation-Oriented Water Pricing' in September 2010
FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT: “Water users are not even coming close to covering the full costs of the water services they enjoy. A solution is to begin charging individuals and businesses what water really is worth, based on the volume they use,” states Kirk Stinchcombe.
Worth Every Penny: Regional District of Nanaimo releases program details for 'Water Pricing Workshop' on September 9, 2010
SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT: “The desired outcome for the workshop is that participating practitioners will connect the dots between three initiatives; and will understand why ‘conservation-oriented water pricing’ is a tool to achieve a larger end – that is, Sustainable Service Delivery,” stated John Finnie.
Worth Every Penny: An Introduction to Conservation-Oriented Water Pricing and Sustainable Service Delivery
THIRD ANNOUNCEMENT: “Provincial grant programs provide local governments with incentives for implementation of new ways of doing business. Those who are proactive and show leadership are the ones who are being rewarded,” states Glen Brown.
Water for Life and Livelihoods on Vancouver Island: Nanaimo Water Pricing Workshop will connect dots that achieve a larger end
FOURTH ANNOUNCEMENT: “Once there is a clear understanding of a region's water resources, where they are changing and why…then land use planning and development standards can be appropriately and effectively modified,” states Mike Donnelly.
FIFTH ANNOUNCEMENT: “Effective conservation-oriented water pricing can help reconcile growing communities with the health of local watersheds and engage individuals and businesses to change their behaviour and begin reducing their water footprintS,” states Oliver Brandes.
Eric Bonham connects the dots between Nanaimo Water Pricing Workshop and Vancouver Island Economic Summit
“From all corners of Vancouver Island and in all sectors, leaders are wanting opportunities to collaborate, communicate and share best practices, resources and information. We must look outside our boundaries and work with our neighbouring communities for the betterment of all,” stated Eric Bonham.
“I see local government being at a major crossroads. There are magnificent opportunites waiting for us, now and for 10, 20 years in the future,” stated Kevin Lagan at the conclusion of the workshop.
“Money, it should be about how to get the most value out of every dollar spent. Too often, thinking stops after the capital investment is made. Yet everyone needs to be thinking in terms of life-cycle costs, including future recapitalization of the investment,” stated Wally Wells.
“It takes time to change the local government culture. British Columbia communities now have the tools and the case study experience to ‘design with nature’. British Columbia is at a tipping point. Beyond the Guidebook 2010 sets the stage for ensuring that future settlement change (development) is in balance with ecology,” states Ted van der Gulik.