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Resources for Small Water System Operators

Do you own a restaurant, campground, trailer park, gas station, or any other system that provides water to more than one household or property? If your water system makes drinking water available to the public and you do not get your water from a municipal drinking water system, you may be an owner or operator of a small water system.

Through the Water Purveyor Working Group (WPWG) the Regional District of Nanaimo aims to assist small water purveyors by providing networking and educational opportunities. The WPWG offers water purveyors an opportunity to meet other owners and operators of small water systems in the area, share ideas, and learn more about the sustainable operation of small water systems.

WPWG 2012

Join us at the 2016 Water Purveyor Working Group Workshop on Friday October 21st from 10:45 am to 1:45 pm at the Quality Bayside Resort in Parksville.

This year, we are pleased to be partnering with the BC Ground Water Association to offer a full day of learning for WPWG attendees on topics relating to groundwater licensing requirements under the Water Sustainability Act. Please find the event flyer here for full event details. RSVP to Deanna McGillivray at 250.390.6560 or dmcgillivray@rdn.bc.ca before October 14th, 2016

For those on social media, a Facebook page has been created for the group - join it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WaterBCCommunityWaterSuppliers/

Presentations & Resources

Past Workshops

On December 1st, 2015, the WPWG met in Parksville for a workshop on Drought Response and Small-Scale Water Treatment, with presentations from Econics, GW Solutions, BI Pure Water, and Island Health. The workshop began with a focus on the topics of understanding drought and preparing for and responding to drought-related conditions. Following this, point-of-entry and point-of-use water treatment options, and the benefits and challenges of rainwater harvesting solutions for small water systems were discussed.

The BC Water & Wastewater Association (BCWWA) also attended the workshop to promote their new “Sustainable Small Water Systems” program. Please see the BCWWA Call For Participants for more information.”

On October 30th, 2014, the working group gathered for presentations from North Island Labs, Island Health, Watertiger Water Treatment and Drillwell Enterprises, all on water quality in groundwater. The workshop covered how to interpret water quality test results and delved into some water chemistry information to help small water system operators understand what water quality issues they may have and how to address them correctly.

On October 7th, 2013, the WPWG met in Parksville for a series of roundtable discussions on the Top Challenges of being a water purveyor, as identified by participants. Two short presentations on Financial Best Management Practices and the online Water Use Reporting Centre were also a part of the day. See the outcomes summary: October 2013 Summary Notes

On November 22nd, 2012, the RDN held a meeting to discuss how small water system operators can create and implement specific Water Conservation Plans to run their systems more efficiently. Above are links to helpful documents used in the workshop.

On June 27th, 2012, the RDN hosted another meeting of the Water Purveyor Working group with a focus on Financing and Treatment Options for Small Water Systems. It was well attended with engaging discussions and presentations. A summary of the discussion can be found here: June 2012 WPWG Summary Notes

On September 12th, 2011, the RDN hosted a tour of local water systems to learn what other owners and operators are doing to manage their systems and deal with common issues.

On December 8th, 2010, the RDN held the first meeting of a Water Purveyor Working Group - a FREE workshop for owners, operators, and managers of water supply systems (WSS).

Helpful Links

Contact waterprotection@rdn.bc.ca or 1-877-607-4111 for more information or to sign up for the next meeting of the Water Purveyor Working Group.
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