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Executive Sponsor/Contact for Strategic Priority:

Tracy Samra, Chief Administrative Officer (tracy.samra@nanaimo.ca)

Strategies:

1. Confirm preferred water supply option with detailed plans, designs and agreements.

2012: Confirm preferred water supply option by year end.

2013-2015: Develop detailed plans, designs and agreements.

Update (as of December 31, 2012): Process of confirming water supply is continuing.

Update (as of March 31, 2013): Process of confirming water supply is continuing.

Update (as of June 30, 2013): Nanaimo water now being delivered to SFN IR2 and IR4.  Principles established to support future delivery of water to Lantzville residents.  Next steps to confirm water supply option and develop detailed plans, designs and agreements.  Originally scheduled for Fall 2012; however, progress delayed until 2014 due to Colliery Dam situation. 

Update (as of September 30, 2013): The collection of information needed to assess options is nearing completion.  Confirmation of water supply options originally scheduled for Fall 2012, however, progress delayed until 2014 due to Colliery Dam situation. 

Update (as of December 31, 2013): Working with Vancouver Island Health Authority to review water quality studies.  Confirmation of water supply options scheduled for 2014.

Update (as of March 31, 2014): Several technical studies have been completed.  The next step is to update the Council on the status and to develop a business case to flesh out options.  The confirmation of water supply options is scheduled for 2014.

Update (as of June 30, 2014): Council will be updated on the status in Fall 2014. Confirmation of water supply options is scheduled for 2014.

Update (as of September 30, 2014): Council to be updated on status in Fall 2014.

2. Update Water Conservation Strategy.

Staff Lead: Geoff Goodall, Director of Engineering & Public Works (geoff.goodall@nanaimo.ca)

2012: Present water audit recommendations to City Council by year end.

2013-2015: Act on approved water audit recommendations.

Update (as of December 31, 2012): Currently working with a Community Advisory Group on this strategy.

Update (as of March 31, 2013): Currently working with a Community Advisory Group on this strategy.

Update (as of June 30, 2013): Continuing to partner with Team WaterSmart on joint initiatives.  Water audit completed and report provided to City Council.  The results showered water use by Nanaimo residents is below the provincial and national averages.  Draft Water Conservation Strategy developed.  Findings and recommendations of Water Audit to be incorporated into the Water Conservation Strategy to be presented to Council for approval in early Fall 2013.   

Update (as of September 30, 2013): Draft Water Conservation Strategy is being developed.  Ongoing collaboration with Drinking Water/Watershed Protection Program and Team WaterSmart at RDN.   Water Audit recommendations being incorporated into Financial Plan.  Presentation of Water Conservation Strategy for Council approval in January 2014.

Update (as of December 31, 2013): Draft Water Conservation Strategy completed November 2013.  Water Conservation Strategy will be presented to Council for adoption in early 2014.

Update (as of March 31, 2014): The Water Conservation Strategy update has been completed.  The next step is to seek Council endorsement of the updated Strategy in the next two months.

Update (as of June 30, 2014): Water Conservation Strategy adopted by Council on June 9, 2014.  The Strategy is targeted to reduce per capita water consumption in Nanaimo by 10 percent each decade.  The next step is to implement actions in Water Conservation Strategy, including incorporating several conservation initiatives from the strategy into the 2015-2019 Financial Plan for consideration by Council.

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Click here for 2014 Water Conservation Strategy

3. Implement initiatives and opportunities consistent with the Blue Community designation.

Staff Lead: Richard Harding, Director of Parks, Recreation & Culture (richard.harding@nanaimo.ca)

2012: Develop communication plan by Fall.

2013: Remove bottled water from facilities. Upgrade water fountains.

2014-2015: Upgrade and add water fountains where needed.

Update (as of December 31, 2012): Completed the development of a communication plan. Removed water bottles from City facilities and have commenced upgrade of water fountains.

Update (as of June 30, 2013): Identified new type of water fountain and installed about 10 new fountains in City parks. Next step is to complete upgrading of water fountains.

Update (as of September 30, 2013): Continue to upgrade water fountains on an on-going basis.

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4. Continue commitment to full-cost water pricing.

Staff Lead: Victor Mema, Director of Finance (victor.mema@nanaimo.ca)

2012: Conduct water rate comparison with other municipalities.

2013: Review rate structure and effectiveness of inclining blocks.

Update (as of December 31, 2012): Rate review almost complete. Report going to Council in January 2013.

Update (as of March 31, 2013): Rate review report went to Council in January 2013.

Update (as of June 30, 2013): Review of rate structure to be completed by Spring 2014. Deferred from Fall 2013 due to staff change.

Update (as of September 30, 2013): The review of the rate structure to be completed in 2014.  This project was deferred from Fall 2013 due to staff changes.

Update (as of December 31, 2013): The review of the rate structure to be completed in 2014.

Update (as of March 31, 2014): The review of the rate structure is scheduled for 2014.

Update (as of June 30, 2014): The review of the rate structure is scheduled for 2014.

Update (as of September 30, 2014): The review of the rate structure is to be completed in Spring 2015.

5. Enhance water billing information to encourage awareness and wise use of water.

Staff Lead: Victor Mema, Director of Finance (victor.mema@nanaimo.ca)

2013: Develop water conservation messages to deliver through billing system.

Update (as of June 30, 2013): Develop water conservation messages to deliver through billing system in Spring 2014.  Deferred from Fall 2013 due to staff change.

Update (as of September 30, 2013): The review of the rate structure to be completed in 2014.  This project was deferred from Fall 2013 due to staff changes.

Update (as of December 31, 2013): The review of water billing information to be completed in 2014.

Update (as of March 31, 2014): The review of the water billing information is to be completed in 2014.

Update (as of June 30, 2014): The review of the water billing information is to be completed in 2014.

Update (as of September 30, 2014): The review of the water billing information is to be completed in Spring 2015.

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