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Course Subsidy | Regional District of Nanaimo’s Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Program

CIT-1 & CIT-2 Course Subsidy

We are excited to announce that IIABC has partnered with the Regional District of Nanaimo’s Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Program to provide a subsidy for our CIT-1 & CIT-2 courses offered in 2022. This means if you are an Irrigation Professional working in the Regional District of Nanaimo, you may be eligible for a $100.00 subsidy.

Please contact the IIABC office to find out if you are eligible.

Approved Changes to the Drinking Water Conservation Plan (DWCP)

Purpose of the DWCP

The DWCP is a regional plan that promotes water conservation and manages how residents, businesses, and member jurisdictions use drinking water during periods of high demand — mostly during late spring to early fall — as well as during water shortages and emergencies. It is implemented through member jurisdictions’ bylaws and each member is responsible for monitoring and enforcing the restrictions in their communities.

Purpose of Updating the DWCP

As you know this past summer our region experienced a record-breaking heatwave that resulted in unprecedented sustained high water use. Our daily water consumption hit 1.79 billion litres on June 27, just shy of the 2 billion litre all-time high set in 2009. The region also experienced sustained high water use above 1.5 billion litres per day, for 40 days, compared to the average of only 15 days during a typical summer. This summer we were fortunate that we could meet these high water demands due to the high snow pack, which we can’t rely on every year.

The heatwave highlighted the reality of the climate emergency and changing weather conditions, and the need for more proactive measures to secure the water supply. The long-range climate projections show that our region can expect longer summer dry spells and decreased winter snowpack, limiting summer water availability. Reduced lawn watering has been the most effective way to reduce seasonal demand for water and save treated drinking water for where it is needed most: for cooking, cleaning, and drinking during the dry summer months. With healthy lawns requiring only 1 hour of watering or rain per week, Metro Vancouver decided to update the DWCP to reduce lawn watering from two days to one day per week to reduce overall and seasonal demand for water.

DWCP Changes

New Stage 1 lawn watering periods:

  • Residential:

Even-numbered addresses on Saturdays and odd-numbered addresses on Sundays:

  • Automatic watering – from 5 am to 7 am
  • Manual watering – from 6 am to 9 am
  • Non-residential:

Even-numbered addresses on Mondays and odd-numbered addresses on Tuesdays:

  •  Automatic watering – from 4 am to 6 am
  •  Manual watering – from 6 am to 9 am

The proposed changes, combined with a strong education and enforcement program, will help reduce seasonal water demand and offer a number of regional benefits, including financial savings, potential deferral of major infrastructure projects, greenhouse gas reductions and operational flexibility for environmental flows.


DWCP webpage

DWCP summary document


Free Virtual Workshop for Small Water Systems Decision Makers and Employees. 

The BC Water & Waste Association, in partnership with the BC Ministry of Health is offering three upcoming FREE VIRTUAL workshops designed specifically for owners, trustees and employees of small water systems called Taking Care of Your Water System. 

Click here to find out more!

COVID-19 Information

Dear IIABC Members


The following Links can help you begin the process of navigating the new realities of operating your

business during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The most important thing we all can do is follow all

recommendations and orders by the Provincial Health Authority, Provincial Government of B.C. and

the Federal Government of Canada.  These orders must be adhered to even for those business still operating.

The links below are merely a way to guide you to the main information regarding this ever-changing situation. The IIABC office, however, can not help develop or guide you through any development of workplace operations in the face of COVID-19.

 The IIABC would like to give a huge shout out to all those first line of defence workers who are battling this virus on the front lines. We THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for the dedication to the health and safety of our province despite the added risk and stress.

 To all our Members we wish you, your employees and families good health and we know that together B.C. and our industry will make it through these difficult times. Wash your hands, practice social distancing and as much as you can adjust your schedule to work from home! Help a Neighbour, stay connected and Stay Safe!




ACF (Annual Certification Fee) Reminder

A common misconception is that your membership dues include your individual certification fee. This is not so....

BOTH, membership dues AND your annual certification fee must be paid in order for your certifications to remain active.

As of January 31, 2021 all certifications that have outstanding fees willl be downgraded to INACTIVE and will not be searchable on our website.  Note your membership fee must have also been paid as you need both dues and fees paid to validate a certification credential.

For those that hold technician certifications only, your certification fee is $25 (plus GST).

For those that hold designer certifications, your certification fee is $50 (plus GST). 

*Only 1 fee per person for the highest certification held*

You must log in to: to pay your annual certification fee. Your username will likely be the email address you provided to us. You may hit “forgot login” on the home page to reset your password if you have forgotten it.

For further printable instructions on how to pay your certification fee Click Here



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