General Information for Businesses

Water Efficiency Makes Good Business Sense

The Capital Regional District's industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) sectors use about 15 billion litres of water per year, which is nearly 30% of all municipal water use in Greater Victoria.

CRD's ICI water efficiency programs can help you to reduce your water use and save you money, while helping the environment and reducing the demand on our drinking water resources.

CRD ICI Water Efficiency offers resources to businesses in four key areas:

Audits and Technical Services

The CRD offers free water use and efficiency audits to businesses in Greater Victoria and provides assistance with measurement and cost-benefit analysis of various measures to conserve water.

Once-Through Cooling Systems

Commencing January 1, 2019, no person shall use Water in Once Through Cooling Equipment, connect or allow Once Through Cooling Equipment to be or remain connected to a plumbing system that is supplied with Water, directly or indirectly from the Regional Water Supply.

Industry Education

Water efficiency education for Greater Victoria businesses includes specialized workshops, displays at trade shows, talks at industry events.

Research & Reports

CRD conducts research to support the water efficiency programs. These resources enable Greater Victoria residents to access the best advice from local and international experts in water efficiency and conservation.

CRD ICI Water Efficiency exists to help the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors to reduce water use in a cost-effective manner.

The benefits of efficient use of water include lower water and energy bills by reductions in metered water use and by deferring the need to expand water infrastructure, protection of water quality, and reductions in environmental impacts.