#7 DON'T HOG THE WATER
Conserve water use and replenish our groundwater.

Water supports all life, including our own. Without it, neither human society nor wildlife would survive. Residents of the Cowichan region value water as our most precious resource, and say it should be our top priority for protection.

The Cowichan Valley Regional District has historically been blessed with a relative abundance of natural, clean water, delivered to us by our five major watersheds. But that abundance isn’t the case everywhere in the region, or at every season.

A growing population, the goal of becoming more locally self-sufficient in food, the conversion of forest to urban landscape and the effect of climate change on familiar patterns of rain and snowfall, are among the many stresses putting at risk the watersheds that supply this vital resource.

Our region is still blessed with sufficient water to grow food, families and businesses, to celebrate culturally and enjoy recreationally — if we treat it wisely. As long as we respect the needs of other members of the living ecosystems that share this region with us, we can meet our human needs and release the water we borrow back to nature as close as possible to its original source and condition.

Water supports everything we do, and everything we do affects our water. So it’s critical we make decisions about water mindfully, aware of the potential impacts and consequences of our choices. Join in!

  • For information on the South Cowichan and Cowichan River Basin Plans, click here
  • For an index and links to the Cowichan Valley Regional District's water-related services and information, click here.
  • For information about CVRD water systems serving: Arbutus Mountain Estates, Cherry Point Estates, Fern Ridge, Honeymoon Bay, Kerry Village, Lambourn Estates, Mesachie Lake, Saltair, Satellite Park, and Youbou.
  • For information about water from the Federal Government, click here.
  • For the Government of British Columbia's Living Water Smart plan and links, look click here.
  • For the Government of British Columbia's Water Stewardship Division, click here.
  • See Water Links page for links to more water info sites.