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Parksville Primer

GW Solutions has participated in the creation of a “Primer” document that supports implementation of Living Water Smart principles in the local government setting. It is written for expert and non-expert audiences. It identifies three elements of the Water Balance, namely: rainfall, groundwater and streamflow. The Water Balance is short-circuited when the land surface is hardened and below-ground flow paths to streams are eliminated, such that:

  • Too Much Water: During wet weather periods, increased runoff volumes over longer durations cause stream erosion and instability.

  • Too Little Water: During dry weather periods, groundwater-fed baseflows are diminished.

  • Do Business Differently: Both conditions have financial implications and sustainability consequences over time.

The Primer introduces the issue of the ‘unfunded infrastructure liability’. Viewing the watershed through an asset management lens


Nanaimo (Head Office)

24-4800 Island Highway, Nanaimo, BC V9T 1W6

Ph: 250-756-4538


Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Closed all Statutory Holidays

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