Here in the Regional District of Nanaimo, we enjoy some of the best water in the world. Maintaining this precious resource requires that we all use water with care. Whether you live in a rural community or an urban setting, what you do today can affect local water quality for years to come.
On the 'wet coast' of BC, it is easy to take our water supply for granted. In dry summer months, water consumption triples, even though there is much less water available. As the region grows, more people will be using the same limited resource. The quantity and quality of our water is directly impacted by human activity including the amount we use on a daily basis. It is important that we all do our part to protect our water.
As of April 1st, seasonal outdoor watering restrictions take effect within the region.
During the spring and summer, practical watering restrictions help us manage our water supply over the dry season. Not all water providers will initiate watering restrictions, but if they do, each 'Stage' has a consistent definition across the region as part of a new standardized framework to improve clarity.
Watering restriction times are set in an attempt to balance the needs of the several major water suppliers in the region, some large systems on surface water sources, other smaller systems on groundwater sources. Outdoor water conservation helps our water systems be resilient to drought and supply water for essential needs, fire protection, and environmental flows.
2020 Water to Earth Month - is going VIRTUAL!
Join us in celebrating our Earth and water in the 4th annual Water to Earth Month event series - now being hosted virtually!
Water to Earth Month celebrates World Water Day (March 22nd) and Earth Day (April 22nd) with a series events and activities. In response to COVID-19, we encourage you to stay connected, learn something new, get active, and explore the outdoors with a series of VIRTUAL activities, games, and online workshops!