Helping protect our water supply

Regional District of Nanaimo wants residents to take a part in conserving water

Janet Holt

The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) is working hard to get the message out that we all have a role to play in protecting our water.

Under its initiative to protect our watersheds and drinking water, the RDN’s Team WaterSmart has joined the Georgia Strait Alliance and is hosting free workshops to teach water wise gardening, greywater re-use, rainwater harvesting and alternatives to toxic products.

At the first spring workshop of the year called De-tox Your Home, a handful of environmentally conscious residents spent a couple of hours Sat., March 10 at the Errington Hall.

Facilitator Julie Pisani outlined some of the health and environmental benefits of using eco-friendly products and then provided some natural ingredients and recipes and put the group to work.

Pisani said many household products contain chemicals that can negatively impact our health and water quality. She said ingredients like surfactants and parabens have been linked to mimicking hormone function in fish and humans.

On a more positive note, Pisani stated that natural cleaning products are much less expensive than some products on grocery store shelves.

Information on the benefits of natural cleaning products and how to make them is available on the RDN’s website at


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