Drought Smart

current conditions

Drought is the ‘new normal’ in the Cowichan region.
So is using less water.

Gone are the days when we could brag about having more water than we could possibly use, and trust that our aquifers and lakes would just refill automatically. We now have far too little rain and snow most of the year, and far too much every now and then that result in huge amounts of water being pushed through our system and into the ocean. The result is that we can no longer rely on water to be here when we need it.

‘Living the new normal’ means using only as much water as we need, and getting better at storing water so we have enough to support our ecosystem and economy. This DroughtSmart section contains information about the signs and impacts of drought and tools to help homeowners, business owners and farmers easily adapt to living the new normal.

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Regional Information

water storage levels
total water withdrawal
fire risk

DroughtSmart Tools

Tools for home
Tools for business
Tools for agriculture

About us

The New Normal is an initiative of the Cowichan Valley Regional District.

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More info

Kate Miller, Manager
Environmental Services
Strategic Services Department
Cowichan Valley Regional District
250.746.2509 / 1.800.665.3955

Living the New Normal

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