"We never know the worth of water till the well is dry." Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia
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 private wells. (Click here for a pdf table of all the resources we found.)
Well Smart (How Safe is Your Water)
Water Well Disinfection
Best Practices for Dug Wells
Guide to Conducting Well Pumping Tests
Well Protection and Ground Water Stewardship for Rural Areas
Well Protection Poster
How Well Do You Know Your Well?, Well Construction Considerations and Risks
Well Protection Tool Kit
The Well Data Base BC Water Resource Atlas
Observation Well Network
Salt Spring Island Well Owners' Workshop
Regional District of Nanaimo Well Protection Upgrades Rebate
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