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!

Fall 2021:

  • September 25 & 26 Rivers Day Interpretive Walks. Plus virtual activities hosted throughout the week.
  • Teachers! Check out Freshwater Connections- Water Where We Live school modules for Grades K-7- Coming October 2021!
  • Attend one of our virtual WellSmart workshops to learn how to protect your well and preserve the drinking water on your property October 25 or 27th - Register Here



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!

Fall 2021:

  • September 25 & 26 Rivers Day Interpretive Walks. Plus virtual activities hosted throughout the week.
  • Teachers! Check out Freshwater Connections- Water Where We Live school modules for Grades K-7- Coming October 2021!
  • Attend one of our virtual WellSmart workshops to learn how to protect your well and preserve the drinking water on your property October 25 or 27th - Register Here



  • Final Week! contest ends September 10th What are you doing to conserve water? Enter our WaterSaver contest!!!

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    How are you being WaterSmart this summer?

    With the Provincial Drought level at 5 for East Vancouver Island and watering restrictions in place across the region, it is important for everyone to do their part in water conservation. 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 Friday, September 10, 2021.

    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.


  • Thank you for Participating in our Freshwater Survey!

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    The 2021 Freshwater survey is now closed. Thank you for your participation.

    Stay tuned for the results of the survey this fall!

    Key points about the RDN's 2021 Freshwater Survey:

    This summer, the RDN is conducting a randomized survey to learn more about community perspectives, behaviours and key priorities concerning freshwater in our region.

    • What does randomized mean?
      • It means that households will be selected at random across the region, including within municipalities and Electoral Areas, with an invitation to participate via phone call or postcard in the mail with a link to an online survey
      • It is randomized in order to provide a representative sample of residents across the region, including harder to reach voices.
    • If you receive a call or postcard, please take 10 minutes to share your thoughts with us! The survey is open until July 30, 2021.
    • The survey is being conducted by Ipsos, a leading public opinion research company
    • All information will be kept anonymous and confidential and will be only used to help improve the RDN's water-related programs in our communities
    • Why is this survey important?
      • Results of this survey will help guide regional initiatives and programs for freshwater in our municipalities and Electoral Areas.
      • This is a benchmark survey, meaning follow-up surveys are planned in five year increments to gauge change and progress towards freshwater priorities.

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


  • Water to Earth Month 2021

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    Thank you for participating in our Water to Earth Month celebrations!


    We hope that next year we will be celebrating Water to Earth Month face-to-face with our community.







    The RDN’s Drinking Water and Watershed Protection (DWWP) Program has been hosting Water to Earth Month events with community partners for the last 5 years. Water to Earth Month is an activity-packed, month-long celebration that takes place between World Water Day on March 22 and Earth Day on April 22. Its aim is to actively engage the community to build awareness about local water resources and environmental stewardship.




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