"A viable, adequate, long term supply of potable drinking water is vital to island life
--human and flora and fauna-- as well as land values."
Mayne Island Integrated Water Systems Society
The Islands Trust Council has long been concerned about the issues of water quality and quantity on the islands of the Islands Trust Area. The Islands Trust does not have the jurisdiction to regulate water or wells. That is a provincial and regional district responsibility. Local trust committees can protect groundwater using land use planning tools. The Islands Trust also promotes sustainable water use and advocates on behalf of islanders for better provincial water legislation.
The Islands Trust Council's strategic plan for the 2014-2018 term of office includes the objective to protect the quality and quantity of water resources and specifically to advocate for and educate about water conservation measures (e.g. rainwater catchment, greywater recycling).
Below you will find links to information on drinking water. (Click here for a pdf table of all the resources we found.)
Islands Trust Groundwater Regulation Advocacy
Chair Correspondence November 15, 2013 - submission on Water Sustainabiity Act proposal
Chair Correspondence February 25, 2011 - submission to BC Water Act
Galiano Groundwater Study - Phase One (Waterline Resources Inc. March 31, 2011)
Galiano Groundwater Study - Phase Two (Waterline Resources Inc. - May 10, 2012)
Salt Spring Island Watershed Protection Authority
Salt Spring Island Local Trust Area water reports and information
Salt Spring Island Water Council technical reports on potable water
Salt Spring Island St. Mary Lake How you can help brochure
Regional District of Nanaimo Information on water quality, Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Program, Water Budget Project, Gabriola and Mudge Island, aquifer potential of the Upper Cretaceous Nanaimo Group
Government of Canada Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality
BC Ministry of Environment Water Quality
Guidelines and Reports
Living Water Smart
BC Ministry of Health Drinking Water Program
POLIS Water Sustainability Project
Variety of reports on water
The State of Water Movement in BC
The Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC
Federation of BC Naturalists 2002 On the Living Edge - Your handbook for Waterfront Living (includes sections on drinking water, water quality, septic systems, conservation)
We welcome suggestions for new items. If you are aware of information that is not included please contact Pamela Hafey Communications Specialist (250) 405-5156
Previous Islands Trust water resource projects:
- 2004 The Islands Trust partnered with other agencies to create the Gulf Islands Waterscape poster.
- 2005 The Islands Trust Fund built a demonstration rainwater catchment project on one of its Salt Spring Island nature reserves.
- 2009 The Islands Trust also created a series of posters, featuring island artist's work, about special considerations on the islands, including water conservation.
- Trust Council Advocacy to the Province of BC