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 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:

Once-Through Cooling Systems and Rebates

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. Businesses in the capital region can now receive a rebate of up to $2,500 to replace one-through cooled condensers in a range of equipment, including industrial air conditioners, refrigerators, coolers and ice machines. Read more >>

FREE Hand Wash Faucet Aerator Program

We are currently offering to come to any business facility or institution that uses water supplied by the CRD and assess the faucets on all hand wash sinks. If the faucet is not operating at the maximum water efficiency we will remove the aerator (the little piece on the end of the faucet) and replace it with a new low flow aerator at absolutely no cost.

The new aerator uses less than two litres of water per minute, compared to 11 litres per minute on older faucets, and will dramatically reduce the amount of water a facility uses, while saving money and greenhouse gas emissions at the same time.

Sign up here for this free service or call us at 250.360.3103.

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. Read more >> 

Research & Reports

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

Water Conservation Bylaw Amendment

The CRD’s Water Conservation Bylaw (No. 4099) applies to all businesses connected to the regional water supply system in Greater Victoria. In effect May 1 to September 30, the watering schedule limits lawn and garden watering and other outdoor water practices. Learn how the changes may impact your watering practices here.

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