The Regional District of Nanaimo's water conservation plan for 2014-16 will likely involve campaigning residents to stop watering their lawns.
Documents set for approval at the RDN's sustainability select committee meeting Tuesday show five new priority measures have been added to the district's ongoing water conservation plan. The plan was put together by Victoria company AquaVic and aims to reduce water use in the RDN.
The first suggestion is a "golden lawns" campaign, which would encourage residents to stop watering their lawns in the summer, allowing them to dry out and turn golden.
Secondly, water bills may become more visual and comprehensive - suggested new bills would show a person's water use in comparison to the community average as well as overall trends in water use.
An online tool that would monitor and track the community's water use is also being called for, as is a rebate program for smartirrigation technology, which is essentially a computer that adjusts daily outdoor watering according to the weather.
Lastly, more educational outreach and the creation of guidebooks on the design and installation of grey-water systems - systems that recycle wastewater from showering or bathing and reuse it for things like landscape irrigation - are being suggested.
The goal is to reduce average residential water use by 33 per cent between 2004 and 2018.
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