Team WaterSmart

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The Regional District of Nanaimo’s Team WaterSmart, in partnership with many great local organizations and municipalities, is excited to host a variety of activities and events to celebrate both World Water Day and Earth Day. Water to Earth Month 2018 will have something for everyone with workshops, stream walks, river rafting, swimming events, educational tours, streamkeepers courses, and movie nights.

Welcome to the Team WaterSmart Get Involved RDN page!

Check out all of the great upcoming initiatives being offered throughout the Regional District of Nanaimo. We will keep our community calendar up-to-date with where to find Team WaterSmart - whether it's fun community events, educational workshops, or adventurous outdoor activities.

Water conservation and environmental protection are values shared by all of us so come get involved and help to appreciate our water...because every drop counts!

Winter/Spring 2024:

  • Water to Earth Month 2024- Join us and community partners for a series of events from World Water Day on March 22 to Earth Day on April 22 with the themes of Leveraging Water for Peace and the Planet vs Plastics. Stay tuned for more details to be announced early 2024.
  • Water Stewardship Rebates- 2024 rebate programs are now open!
  • For all RDN residents (electoral area and municipal residents)
  • WellSmart Workshop - An in person WellSMART workshop will be held in Spril 2024, stay tuned for more details. Check out the recording from our last WellSmart session. rdn.bc.ca/wellsmart submit any questions to watersmart@rdn.bc.ca.
  • Team WaterSmart in your community - Check out our events calendar to see when Team WaterSmart will be in your community with our interactive booth starting on Feb 3, 2024 at Seedy Saturday in Qualicum Beach and on March 3 at Seedy Sunday in Nanaimo.
  • Grade 4 and 5 teachers in SD 68&69- Watershed Field Trips are back this year! Also, check out Freshwater Connections- Water Where We Live school modules for Grades K-7.
  • Students! Do you have water-friendly landscape design ideas to share? Check out our ideas board.



Welcome to the Team WaterSmart Get Involved RDN page!

Check out all of the great upcoming initiatives being offered throughout the Regional District of Nanaimo. We will keep our community calendar up-to-date with where to find Team WaterSmart - whether it's fun community events, educational workshops, or adventurous outdoor activities.

Water conservation and environmental protection are values shared by all of us so come get involved and help to appreciate our water...because every drop counts!

Winter/Spring 2024:

  • Water to Earth Month 2024- Join us and community partners for a series of events from World Water Day on March 22 to Earth Day on April 22 with the themes of Leveraging Water for Peace and the Planet vs Plastics. Stay tuned for more details to be announced early 2024.
  • Water Stewardship Rebates- 2024 rebate programs are now open!
  • For all RDN residents (electoral area and municipal residents)
  • WellSmart Workshop - An in person WellSMART workshop will be held in Spril 2024, stay tuned for more details. Check out the recording from our last WellSmart session. rdn.bc.ca/wellsmart submit any questions to watersmart@rdn.bc.ca.
  • Team WaterSmart in your community - Check out our events calendar to see when Team WaterSmart will be in your community with our interactive booth starting on Feb 3, 2024 at Seedy Saturday in Qualicum Beach and on March 3 at Seedy Sunday in Nanaimo.
  • Grade 4 and 5 teachers in SD 68&69- Watershed Field Trips are back this year! Also, check out Freshwater Connections- Water Where We Live school modules for Grades K-7.
  • Students! Do you have water-friendly landscape design ideas to share? Check out our ideas board.



  • 2023 WellSmart Workshops

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    2023 WellSmart Workshops

    Fall 2023 WellSmart Workshops

    We will be hosting two in-person WellSmart Workshops this fall:

    Thursday, October 26, 6-8 p.m. Gabriola Aggi Hall, 465 South Road, Gabriola

    Wednesday, November 1, 2023 from 6-8 p.m. at the Cavalotti Hall, 2060 East Wellington Road

    This workshop is FREE and open to all RDN residents. REGISTER HERE or by calling 250-248-3252

    Help protect the groundwater we share.

    The WellSmart education program helps private well owners protect the quality and supply of their drinking water. As a private well owner, you have access to one of nature's most valuable resources - cool, clean groundwater. You rely on this precious resource to supply clean, safe drinking water to your family.

    Learn how to keep your well in safe running order! WellSmart Workshops will provide you with an opportunity to ask questions of local well drillers and pump installers, Island Health, Ministry of Forests.

    As your own 'water manager', it is your job to be WellSmart and properly care for your well in order protect the health of your family, friends, community, and environment. Your well is the most important asset on your property and without an adequate water supply, your property value may decline. Taking proper care of your well may protect your investment and extend the operational life of your well.

    Learn about:

    • Well Maintenance and operation
    • Protecting your water source
    • Water testing and treatment
    • Water treatment options
    • Drought management

    Can't attend? No worries! We have the 2021 WellSmart Webinar available online 2021 WellSmart Workshop

  • What are you doing to conserve water? Enter our WaterSaver contest!!!

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    Whether your household receives water from a municipal or RDN water system or you have you own well, water is a shared resource. On the 'wet coast' of B.C., 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 are 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.

    The RDN's WaterSaver contest aims to promote efficient water use practices this summer through our online contest!

    Show off your water-saving landscaping, efficient irrigation, rainwater harvesting or other ways you are reducing outdoor water use on your property for a chance to win a rain barrel and native plants prize package!

    Plus all entries get a lawn sign to proudly display that you are doing your best to be WaterSmart!


    How to enter:

    Either take a photo or write a description and:

    1. Go to the RDN's Facebook @RegionalDistrictofNanaimo or Instagram @rdnanaimo and comment on the RDN's WaterSaver contest post with your photo or description OR
    2. Send via email to watersmart@rdn.bc.ca

    Contest runs all summer long and closes Monday September 25, 2023.

    Click here for your WaterSmart Yard Sign - weekly drop off or pick up times throughout the summer!

    By submitting your photo, you are consenting to the contest rules and grant the RDN the following: a royalty-free, nonexclusive right, in perpetuity, to use the submitted photograph(s) in print and online; the right to scale, crop or alter the color of the submitted image(s) for publication purposes; and consent to use your name in connection with the contest.


  • Water to Earth Month 2023

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    Water to Earth Month 2023 is an activity packed, month-long celebration that takes place between World Water Day to Earth Day.


    • Water to Earth Month kicks off on World Water Day on March 22 and ends on Earth Day on April 22. The event is focused around this year’s themes of ‘Accelerating Change’ with a focus on partnerships and cooperation and ‘Invest in our Planet’.
    • Residents are encouraged to take part in Water to Earth Month by registering for one of the scheduled events, visiting the RDN Team WaterSmart Get Involved page for online activities, and checking out the RDN’s social media for fun contests

    Events this year include a WellSmart Workshop, Hike and Hatchery Tour at Nile Creek, WaterSmart Gardening Workshop, Raingardens Walk and Talk, Natural Landscapes and Climate Change Workshop, Bio Blitz, a Stewards in the Spotlight event and online contests and activites. See you there!

    Check back at this page for event updates from the RDN and our community partners, Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve (MABR), City of Nanaimo, Nanaimo Area Land Trust (NALT) , VIU and Mosaic Forestry


    The RDN’s Drinking Water and Watershed Protection (DWWP) Program has been hosting Water to Earth Month events with community partners for the last 6 years. Its aim is to actively engage the community to build awareness about local water resources and environmental stewardship.

    Check back often as we add more events, activities and online contests!


  • Watershed Field Trips to the Nanaimo and Englishman River Watersheds

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    Watershed Field Trips are back this Fall for Grades 4 and 5 in School District 68 & 69!

    Call 250-390-6560 or email watersmart@rdn.bc.ca to book this experience for your Grade 4 or 5 class! Limited number of trips available.

    To promote watershed education in our region, we are taking students out of the classroom and into their drinking watershed! Students will participate in various fun activities that focus on a sensory experience of the river, the forest, the reservoir, the watershed ecosystems and make important connections to their everyday life. Hop on our bus to discover the landscape that water travels through before it comes out of the tap!

    This full-day trip is available to Grade 4 & 5 classes in School Districts 68 and 69, as it is designed to be strongly connected to Life & Earth Science PLOs. It includes a pre-trip and post-trip curriculum connected activity guide for teachers to extend the learning experience. Bus transportation will be provided to and from your school.

    Trips run to the Englishman River (SD69) or the Nanaimo River (SD68) in May, June, September and October.

  • Curriculum Connections School Modules

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    Teachers! We now have curriculum based school modules for you to use in your K-7 classrooms. "Freshwater Connections" are a series of six modules for either K-3 or 4-7 classrooms and include classroom presentations, activities and extension materials. These modules combine Indigenous knowledge, local references and science, cultural and hands-on activities to reinforce learning.

    Check them out at rdn.bc.ca/school-education

    Are you interested in providing feedback to Team WaterSmart on these modules? We'd love to hear from you! email watersmart@rdn.bc.ca

  • FireSmart and WaterSmart Landscaping- What to know

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    Our landscape guide helps you make landscape choices that maximize water retention during times of drought as well as reduce wildfire risk and combines these FireSmart and WaterSmart principles with the East Coast of Vancouver Island climate and native species in mind.

    WaterSmart design aims to enhance resilience to drought by reducing the amount of watering required and increasing the storage capacity of your landscape soils. FireSmart landscaping reduces the risk of wildlfire damaging structures on your property. Learn more about maximizing these two principles with our new guide.

    Download your copy here

  • Thank you for Participating in our Freshwater Survey!

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    Thank you for Participating in our Freshwater Survey!

    Between June 28 and August 2, 2021 Ipsos conducted a randomized survey on behalf of the RDN using a mixed telephone /online survey methodology. In total, 1,393 surveys with adult residents in the region were completed! This included a balance of responses from the Electoral Areas and Municipalities.

    The objective of the survey was to better understand community perspectives, behaviours, and priorities concerning freshwater resources in the region. The 2021 survey will act as a benchmark against which follow up surveys can be compared to gauge change and progress.

    To learn more, please check out the RDN Freshwater Perspectives Public Benchmark Survey Final Report

    A staff report summarizing the findings was received by the RDN Board on Oct. 26th; you can find that report here: https://rdn-pub.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ashx?DocumentId=19956

    The results from the survey will help tailor Drinking Water and Watershed Protection program implementation to best suit the needs of and address the gaps present in various communities.

    Thank you again to all who participated!


    If you have further questions, please contact us at 250-390-6560 or waterprotection@rdn.bc.ca


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