"All of us can have a positive impact on our water resource
by using water wisely and protecting our aquifers."
Living on Hornby Island (brochure)
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 water conservation. (Click here for a pdf table of all the resources we found.)
Mayne Island Integrated Water Systems Society Articles on water awareness/conservation
Living on Hornby Island Information Pamphlet
Best Practices for Building and Living on Lasqueti Island
Salt Spring Island Water Conservation Brochure
Capital Regional District Conservation, Homeowner's Guide to Outdoor Water Use
Nanaimo Regional District Team WaterSmart, Water Conservation, Kidzone, Workshops & Events
Sunshine Coast Regional District Water Conservation [Facts and Tips; One Minute Water Calculator; Your Water Footprint; Water Efficiency Assessment Toolkit; Water Wise Gardening; Water Supply & Distribution Interactive Map; Awards Programs]
Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC Water Conservation Calculator (scroll down to bottom of page)
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