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For several years, the Regional District of Nanaimo’s Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Program, with the help of the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD), have been providing educational workshops aimed at helping private well owners protect the quality and supply of their drinking water.
As groundwater and surface water are interconnected, protecting our aquifers not only ensures the health of families and communities but protects fish and the rest of the environment too.
In the workshops, residents learn about groundwater aquifers, well maintenance and operation, drought management, water testing and treatment and RDN rebates relating to private wells.
A Journey to the Nanaimo RiverA Journey to the Nanaimo River Watershed - with Team WaterSmart!
Water is very special. It's home to fish and animals. It nourishes plants and helps trees grow. It quenches our thirst and supports our communities. Have you ever wondered where your drinking water comes from?
Join Team WaterSmart as they take the journey of a water droplet through the Nanaimo River Watershed to the drinking water source of the City of Nanaimo and surrounding communities.
Regional District of Nanaimo ARegional District of Nanaimo Action for Water (2008)
This video was developed in 2008 as a communication tool with the original Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Action Plan.
The quality and amount of water in the ground and in our rivers is directly affected by what we do on the land. Land development, resource extraction, water consumption, and discharge of pollutants all affect water and are on the rise in the RDN. We have already seen negative changes in many areas. This not only affects the health of our local ecosystems but also the social and economic stability of the Region. Land use planning and development standards cannot be effectively modified without a clear understanding of our water resources, where they are changing, and why.
Drinking Water Week 2013 - QuaDrinking Water Week 2013 - Qualicum Drinking Water
Created for Drinking Water Week in 2013, this video explores the source and journey of Qualicum’s drinking water.
The Town of Qualicum Beach has two sources of water supply, the River Well Field and the Berwick Well Field. The River Well Field consists of 5 production wells that draw water from below the Little Qualicum River, which relies heavily on snow melt from Mount Arrowsmith. The secondary Berwick Well Field consists of 4 production wells that are used in times of high demand to supplement the River Wells. The water is treated with UV lights and chlorine before getting pumped through pipes to deliver to the residents homes.
For more up-to-date information on Qualicum’s drinking water sources, visit https://www.qualicumbeach.com/water-services-information.
Drinking Water Week 2013 - ParDrinking Water Week 2013 - Parksville Drinking Water
Created for Drinking Water Week in 2013, this video explores the source and journey of Parksville’s drinking water.
Parksville’s drinking water comes from the Englishman River and production wells located in the south of Parksville. The groundwater drawn from the wells is chlorinated before pumps assist in the delivery of clean drinking water to the homes of residents.
For more up-to-date information of Parksville’s drinking water sources, visit http://www.parksville.ca/cms.asp?wpID=375
Drinking Water Week 2013 - PriDrinking Water Week 2013 - Private, Municipal and RDN Managed Wells
Created for Drinking Water Week in 2013, this video explores the drinking water source of nearly 50% of residents in the Regional District of Nanaimo: groundwater.
Private domestic wells, as well as municipal and RDN managed wells, draw groundwater from aquifers to access freshwater supply. The 8 RDN water service areas pump, test, treat and deliver water to over 3000 residents. Reduced rainfall and increased temperatures in the summer, along with increased demand, puts pressure on groundwater supply, making conservation efforts crucial for a long-lasting supply of drinking water in our region.
For more up-to-date information on the RDN’s Water Service Areas, visit https://www.rdn.bc.ca/watersmart-communities
Since the production of this video, the RDN has added 1 more water service area.
Drinking Water Week 2013 - NanDrinking Water Week 2013 - Nanaimo's Drinking Water
Created for Drinking Water Week in 2013, this video explores the source and journey of Nanaimo’s drinking water.
The City of Nanaimo’s drinking water comes from Jump Lake, an upper tributary of the Nanaimo River. The lake stores water and the dam at the south end of the lake releases water to the South Fork Dam. From the South Fork Dam, water is released through a series of pipes that carry it all the way to the residents of Nanaimo after being treated with chlorine to remove bacteria.
For more up-to-date information on Nanaimo’s drinking water source, visit https://www.nanaimo.ca/city-services/water-sewage/water-supply-and-treatment
Since this video has been released, the state of the art South Forks Water Treatment Facility has been constructed.
Drinking Water Week 2013 - LanDrinking Water Week 2013 - Lantzville's Drinking Water
Created for Drinking Water Week in 2013, this video explores the source and journey of Lantzville’s drinking water.
Lantzville’s drinking water comes from 3 wells located at the Harby Road Well Field Site. The wells draw up to 1000 m3 of water per day from the confined sand and gravel aquifer below. The water is pumped from the well field to the Ware Road Reservoir where it is chlorinated before traveling to upper and lower Lantzville residents.
For more up-to-date information on Lantzville’s drinking water source, visit https://www.lantzville.ca/cms.asp?wpID=429
Since this video, the District of Lantzville and the City of Nanaimo entered into a water agreement. A pipe was constructed and now delivers water from Nanaimo's water system to Lantzville’s.