Irrigation Initiatives

Irrigation Initiatives

Because Every Drop Counts!

Certified Irrigation Professionals

To promote water conservation and the design and installation of efficient irrigation systems, the Irrigation Industry Association of BC's (IIABC) offers several training courses

The RDN is pleased to announce for 2022 we are partnering with IIABC to offer a limited number of $100 subsidies for the courses listed below for Irrigation Installers. To qualify, you must operate within the Regional District of Nanaimo. 

  • Certified Irrigation Technician - Level 1
  • Certified Irrigation Technician - Level 2 Landscape

To apply for the subsidy, email Vanessa [at] and you will receive your discount code for a 2022 course offering.

Visit the IIABC Course website to find out more


To find a certified technician, designer or contractor, visit the Irrigation Industry Association of BC's Website.

FREE Residential Irrigation System Check-ups

Since 2010, hundreds of residential irrigation check-ups have been performed by Team WaterSmart staff. The program has effectively caught leaks, lowered excessive watering times & advised on water-saving techniques.

Unfortunately due to COVID-19, our popular program is on hold. Updates to come Spring 2022. Please call 250-390-6560 or email watersmart [at] (watersmart[at]rdn[dot]bc[dot]ca) if you require more information.

FREE Workshop for Residents: Efficient Irrigation

For those who cannot participate in the Irrigation Check-ups, we often offer workshops to encourage people to inspect their own systems.

Check out our upcoming workshops and if you'd like to check your own irrigation system, see our step-by-step guide to find out how!

Efficient Irrigation Round-Table: Municipal & School District Crews

In March 2012, members of municipal and school district grounds crews in the RDN got together to discuss efficient irrigation practices in their line of work. It was an opportunity to share ideas, suggestions and experiences while working together towards the common goal of efficiency.

The round-table discussion lead to a compilation of "best practices" which can be referenced here: Efficient Irrigation Roundtable Discussion Summary

iiabc logo Hear what other participants are saying about the program! Residential Irrigation Review Program