General Information for Businesses

Water Efficiency Makes Good Business Sense

The Capital Regional District's industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) sectors use about 10 billion litres of water per year, which is nearly 25% 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.

Using water efficiently means lower water bills for you and defers the need to expand water infrastructure, protects water quality, and reduces environmental impacts for the whole region. Additionally, efficient hot water use reduces energy bills which lowers a building’s greenhouse gas emissions.

CRD ICI Water Efficiency offers resources to businesses in the following 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

Once-through cooling systems, also known as single-pass cooling systems, are expensive and waste large amounts of fresh drinking water. These systems remove heat by transferring it to a supply of clean, cold municipal drinking water that runs through the unit, and then by discharging the used water directly to the sewer.

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.

Water Conservation Bylaw Amendment

Recent changes to the Province of British Columbia Building Act have affected CRD’s Water Conservation Bylaw (Bylaw 4099).

Due to these changes the bylaw is being amended to rescind the sections that relate to the Once-Through Cooling ban.

Businesses that voluntarily replace their OTC equipment will benefit through water savings.