"We believe that we do not have a water problem. We have a water management problem:
we need water storage so that water is collected in the rains
and used in the dry season for all household needs."
Gabriola Groundwater Management 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 rainwater harvesting. (Click here for a pdf table of all the resources we found.)
Islands Trust Fund Rainwater Harvesting
Nanaimo Regional District
Rainwater Harvesting Incentive Program and Best Practices Guidebook
Workshops & Events
Mayne Island Integrated Water Systems Society workshops
Salt Spring Island Water Council Rainwater Harvesting Information and Events
Saturna Water Conservation Committee Rainwater collection information on website
Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Collecting and Using Rainwater at Home: A Guide for Homeowners
Rainwater Collection in Washington State
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