RDN hosts World Water Day in Qualicum Beach

The April 3 event coincides with Canada Water Week

The Regional District of Nanaimo is hosting a World Water Day event in Qualicum Beach, Sunday, April 3.

Coinciding with Canada Water Week and in partnership with local organizations, Qualicum Water Day will include activities for all ages and knowledge levels.

Following the same schedule as the Nanaimo Water Day on March 20, the free day of events run

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and include interactive booths, speakers, workshops, kids’ activities, food concession and live music.

“These events offer exciting opportunities for residents to learn more about groundwater and surface water resources in our area,” said RDN chair Bill Veenhof in a news release.

“The activities and workshops will provide in-depth information so we can better understand, preserve and protect this resource for the future.”

Lauren Fegan, RDN Drinking Water & Watershed Protection, said they are offering four workshops they have offered before and two new speaker sessions.

The information sessions start at 10:15 a.m. with a speaker on Your Community’s Water, followed by a Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve talk on Life in Your Watershed.

The talks are following by more interactive and detailed workshops, starting with Efficient Irrigation at 12:30 p.m. which will show people how to get ready for summer, check for leaks and other wastes, and how best to schedule efficient watering.

That hour long workshop will be followed by ones on Rainwater Harvesting, Lawn Alternatives and Water Wise Veggie Gardening.

The final workshop, on gardening, starts at 3:30 p.m. and will provide tips and details on how to start growing your own food year-round, covering pesticide free gardening, soil enrichment and drought gardening.

Marked around the world on March 22 every year, the UN’s World Water Day focuses on the importance of freshwater and advocates for the sustainable management.

With a different theme every year, this year the international focus is on water and jobs, where “focusing on how enough quantity and quality of water can change workers’ lives and livelihoods — and even transform societies and economies,” according to the website (www.unwater.org/worldwaterday).

Qualicum Water Day is Sunday, April 3 at the Qualicum Commons, 744 Primrose Ave. To register for workshops call 250-248-3252. For a lot more information visit www.rdn.bc.ca/waterday or call 250-390-6560.

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