Rainwater Management in Central Saanich: Surface Water Management Bylaw requires rainwater runoff capture to reduce the 'hydrologic footprint'
Bylaw also encourages use of Water Balance Model at individual property scale
In February 2010, the District of Central Saanich adopted the Surface Water Management Bylaw. This regulatory tool requires rainwater capture, where it falls, when properties are developed or redeveloped. It also encourages use of the Water Balance Model.
Nirmal Bhattacharya & Roland Rocheleau
“The Bylaw gives us the means to restore the water balance when properties redevelop.Our understanding is that Central Saanich is the only BC municipality to have this type of bylaw. Other municipalities have policies,” states Nirmal Bhattacharya, Municipal Engineer.
“People are viewing their properties differently now that the municipality can point them to the Water Balance Model. Use of the tool is raising awareness of how to achieve rainfall capture,” adds Roland Rocheleau.