The Integrated Fresh Water Management Program (IFWMP) is SSIWPA’s #1 priority. It was initiated in recognition of a concern that freshwater sources on Salt Spring Island are stressed and at or near the sustainable limits of their capacity.
Those concerns are mainly focused on the north end of the island where, for example, North Salt Spring Waterworks District (NSSWD), which supplies one of the most densely populated parts of the island including all of Ganges village, has introduced a moratorium on new water connections due to source capacity issues.
The IFWM program addresses the need to:
- quantify the renewable volume of freshwater available for human use;
- measure and optimize the efficiency of potable water resource uses/demand;
- where appropriate, adjust bylaws and regulations to limit further densification in areas where water quantity sensitivities exist to sustainable levels.
The Program Charter explains the background, purpose and , objectives of the program. The Charter (2016) can be downloaded HERE.
The IFWMP workplan can be viewed or downloaded HERE.