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Updated Agenda – “The Water Conservation Calculator” Smart Planning & Living Water Smart: April 29 at the ‘Penticton Forum’


Circular No. 09:14
ARCS File#: 195-20


April 14, 2009

To: All Municipal and Regional District Chief Administrative Officers, Engineers and Planners
Re: Updated Agenda – “The Water Conservation Calculator” Smart Planning & Living Water Smart: April 29 at the ‘Penticton Forum’

How do we align our efforts at three scales – provincial, regional and local – to do business differently, prepare communities for change, and choose to be water smart?

As a late addition to the Penticton Forum agenda, the Ministry of Community Development will launch the Water Conservation Calculator. The Water Conservation Calculator is a decision support tool for water purveyors and local governments. The web-based calculator can assist in presenting a conservation case in decision making about new infrastructure, more accurately targeting conservation efforts, and providing useful information about the current state of the water service provider's system.

Come learn more about the Water Conservation Calculator and how it will be integrated into the eligibility, evaluation and contract conditions within the Ministry’s capital grant programs.

On April 29 in Penticton, the Ministry of Community Development is co-hosting a forum to showcase how partnerships, collaboration, innovation and integration are helping local governments in the Okanagan, Vancouver Island and Metro Vancouver advance a ‘regional team approach’ and benefit from new tools that support new approaches to water management.

The ‘Penticton Forum’ is an adjunct to the annual conference of the B.C. Water & Waste Association (BCWWA); and is a collaboration of three provincial ministries (Community Development, Environment, and Agriculture and Lands), the Okanagan Basin Water Board and the BCWWA Water Sustainability Committee. If you would like to attend, click on BCWWA registration information.

The Penticton Forum supports and/or complements various provincial initiatives, notably: Living Water Smart, the Green Communities Project, A Guide to Green Choices and Beyond the Guidebook. Collectively, these initiatives establish expectations that, in turn, will influence the form and function of the built environment in general and green infrastructure on the ground in particular.

For more information regarding either the Penticton Forum or infrastructure grant programs, please contact the Local Government Infrastructure and Finance Division at: 250-387-4060.

Original signed by:


Glen Brown
Executive Director
Local Government Infrastructure and Finance
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