Danger call from the Province

There was a danger call from the Provincial Government on June 7 2019 that all of the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island were now classified as Stage 3 water restrictions.  This  bypassed many water utilities, and is a very significant action. Read more at these links: Times Colonist Nanaimo News Bulletin Straight Magazine Quick and…

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District’s Agricultural Rainwater Program

New Benefits for Rainwater Storage and Collection! Access to affordable, accessible, and quality supply of water is essential to agriculture, and climate instability is compounding concerns for producers.In 2016, the ACRD asked the Province to support agricultural collection and storage of rainwater via a resolution to the Union of BC Municipalities. Other communities and groups have made…

CSA B805-18: The number that catches the rain

Rainwater harvesting has had a few roadblocks, but one of the largest was removed in May 2018.  In May, the Standards Council of Canada in conjunction with the Canadian Standards Association and  International Code Council, released the long awaited Rainwater Harvesting Systems National Standard, CSA B805-18/ICC 805-2018. Why is this a big deal? Policy people…

Responsible Water Alternatives

As Capetown faces Day Zero when water will no longer flow to the residents, we are seeing activity around water conservation on Vancouver Island and Vancouver.  Within a matter of weeks we have presented our most popular presentation, our 1.5 hour Responsible Water Alternatives to various water boards, community groups, and for regional governments to…

Water Sovereignty – Scarcity

It was just a matter of time, and now that time has arrived.  A US company is suing Canada $10.5 Billion  for not being able to export water from here to the US. Here is the article link.  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/u-s-firm-sues-canada-for-10-5-billion-over-water-1.180821   Water drought for Vancouver Island is ahead of schedule this year… more so than last….

Composting Toilet & Greywater Regulations

The Province of BC now has regulations governing grey water and composting toilets. BC Sewerage System Regulations page (scroll to the bottom) The Manual of Composting Toilets & Grey Water Practice document. This manual is detailed, it is technical, and designed mostly for those folks doing design and install and the other regulatory professionals that…

The Role of Bacteria

Bacteria play a role in purifying water – connecting the dots between safe water, biodiversity and science.

Emergency Water

Planning for disruption to your potable water supply is a primary goal, especially on the west coast where we are in a High Seismic Zone. Looking back on Christchurch after their earthquake it is no longer good enough to have 72 hrs worth of supplies, and a month to three months may be required if…

Drought Proofing

BC  Drought Map  link What can you do to prepare for droughts?  Actually it is fairly simple but planning starts now.  You need to prepare by supercharging your landscape, supercharging your soils, choosing vegetation that is drought tolerant, and having a water supply that can fill in the gaps when watering restrictions otherwise say “you can’t…

Rainwater Harvesting by Eco-Sense

What’s Up…. Rainwater! On southern Vancouver Island after the summer of 2015 you may be thinking a lot about water.  You may be thinking of water security for your food garden in the face of drought, or perhaps an emergency source to draw upon after an earthquake, or a back up source for fire suppression.  …