Every Drop Does Count – Tour a Success!

Thank you!

Tour hosts, creative geniuses, and ordinary folk.

Participants were raving about the tidbits they learned on Saturday October 14, 2017 on the Rainwater Harvesting Tour 2017 on Salt Spring Island!

We hope you will design, construct, add-on, refine, revise your own colllection systems.

And….please consider being a host on our Tour in 2018! Contact Shannon to express early interest at ssiwpacoord(at)gmail(dot)com.

Congratulations to Liesbeth Leatherbarrow, who won the draw for a Rainwater Inspection/Consultation by AloPluvia IWRM Ltd.


Salt Spring Watershed Talk

Salt Spring Island Water Preservation Society


Don Hodgins, Ph.D., P.Eng.

“Fresh Water – What do we have? How much is left?”

Thursday October 26th   7:30 pm

Salt Spring Library – Program Room

Development planning on Salt Spring Island, assessing alternatives, and incorporating gains from conservation all depend on understanding the dependable supply of fresh water.  This talk will focus on recent results for St. Mary Lake and Lake Maxwell, the major surface reservoirs serving Ganges and a large portion of the northern half of the island.  They underscore the need for careful management of the current resource, planning for climate change, and a creative approach to securing both existing and new sources.  Ongoing work on the other lakes and groundwater will be outlined.

Groundwater Protection Regulation Handbook

Groundwater Protection Regulation Handbook, by the BC Groundwater Association, is now available for download at: http://www.bcgwa.org/Handbook/index.htm


The handbook is intended to be used as a reference tool for well owners and industry practitioners to:

  1. Understand their responsibilities in relation to wells as set out by the Groundwater Protection Regulation under the Water Sustainability Act;
  2. Access specific information in relation to well siting, construction, testing, operation, maintenance, deactivation, decommissioning, and reporting using simple language and clear illustrations; and,
  3. Gain awareness of industry best practices, additional information sources, and other legislation that relates to the well drilling industry in BC.


It is free to download at the above URL.

It is $75 for a printed version, including shipping and taxes.

Note that this is Version 1 of a working copy, and likely going to need some edits here and there. Please send any suggested edits to me at Ben.Robinson@gov.bc.ca and I will work with BCGWA to get them incorporated into the next version.

Rainwater Harvesting Home Tour 2017 on Salt Spring Island

What: A Self-Guided Tour

When: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Where: Salt Spring Island, BC

Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Tours depart on the hour and half hour. If you arrive and a tour is in session, you are welcome to join in. Please respect your hosts and stay on marked trails, driveways and with your host while visiting. Please park as directed on the map and follow signage.

Click for Map and Info

SSI Watershed Protection Authority and SSI Water Preservation Society thank the ten hosts who are participating.

Draw boxes at tour sites: Enter to win a free rainwater harvesting feasibility/inspection by Sandra Ungerson, AP AloPluvia IWRM Ltd.

Keyline Field and Soil Water Management Fall 2017

Tayler Krawczyk of Hatchet n’ Seed is teaming with CRD again in fall 2017 to host workshops on Salt Spring Island and in Saanich/Victoria. There will be field days, and a seminar day. September 19, 2017 at Bullock Lake Farm 1:30-4:30pm (no registration required, just show up) is the local date and time and location.

This is useful information for any person doing landscaping for water retention, gardeners and farmers seeking to optimize moisture levels in soils and for plantings, land use planners and policy makers, and those designing and maintaining wetlands and constructed wetlands.

Showcase your innovations in the SSI Rain Water Tour 2017!

The date for the Tour is Saturday, October 14, 2017.

The deadline to contact us to find out if you are suitable as a volunteer Tour Host is August 1st, 2017.

Call 250-537-5000 – Sharon Bywater will talk to you about the suitability of your system and confirm your spot.

The goal of the Tour is to showcase workable solutions to offsetting the use of water from other sources (potable, non-potable) through rain water capture and delivery systems.

Simple to high tech, small to large, domestic or commercial, including constructed wetlands and irrigation ponds – Please consider showcasing your unique systems and solutions, and telling the stories about your challenges and triumphs!

Perhaps you are someone who received funding from the CRD-Water Council Rain Water Rebate Programs? Your fledgling systems also invited to apply!

Win a Rain Water Site Inspection! Participants in the Tour can enter the draw for a free inspection by Sandra Ungerson, SSIWPA Conservation and Efficiency Working Group Chair and ARCSA-trained Rainwater Inspector.

The Rain Water Home Tour is sponsored by SSIWPA.


To explore the potential for your system to be on the Tour:

Please Contact Sharon Bywater, 250-537-5000 before August 1st.

Spread the word! Thank you!


Ministry of Agriculture seeks volunteers to assist with SSI farm survey

The Ministry of Agriculture is updating the agricultural land use inventory on Salt Spring, and will be developing an agricultural water demand model from the findings. Contact Coordinator Shannon Cowan to offer to guide or navigate the regional agrologist and co-worker July 17-21, 2017. More info click here.


Min. of Agriculture is a member of SSIWPA steering committee. On this project, the Ministry has partnered with Islands Trust, SSIWPA and the Partnership for Water Sustainability BC.

Well Owner Workshops in the Gulf Islands – June 30th Salt Spring

Friday June 30th 10am – 12:30pm

Lion’s Hall, 103 Bonnet Ave., Salt Spring I.


Join the free workshop to learn:

  • how to protect your water source
  • about groundwater and your well
  • how to test and treat your well water

Click for the Islands Trust Wells and Groundwater Workshop Poster

Presented by

Islands Trust

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Island Health

Vancouver Coastal Health

Ganges Sewer Water Re-Use Potential: May 2017 CRD Staff Report

In the SSIWPA May 19th Steering Committee meeting, CRD Director McIntyre announced this CRD Staff Report concerning a recent review of the potential for re-use of treated Ganges sewer effluent that was presented to the CRD Environmental Services Committee on May 17, 2017.

The report concludes that “indirect potable reuse” into St. Mary Lake of the Ganges Treated Wastewater effluent is not currently suitable, given the environmental and economic parameters that were considered by the staff members who created this report. Please read this 3-page report for full details and authors of the report.

[ On the linked page,  you must click for immediate download: “Staff Report: Reuse of Ganges Wastewater Treatment Plant Effluent” and the related three appendices as separate downloads.]

Note: The SSIWPA Conservation and Efficiency Working Group will be reviewing this report during the latter half of 2017, as well as several other international examples of indirect to potable wastewater reuse, as part of the workplan tasks for the SSIWPA Integrated Water Program.