Water Master Plan Released

Posted: Mar 8, 2024   |   By: Communications

The District of Tofino has published its Water Master Plan. Designed in collaboration with McElhanney Ltd., the plan outlines a 20-year strategy to mitigate water scarcity challenges.

The Water Master Plan identifies a deficit in the District's current raw water supply and recommends securing an alternative water source and additional treatment capacity by 2043.

To help address Tofino's current water challenges, at the February 26, 2024, Committee of the Whole meeting, Council approved early budget allocations for important upgrades. This includes Remote Water Monitoring and Telemetry Upgrades valued at $120,000, and an Alternative Water Source Feasibility Study valued at $105,250. Staff also introduced the concept of developing a Limits to Growth Policy, which will include a public consultation process.

In addition to the Water Master Plan, the District will soon release the Water Conservation Plan which is a ‘unique to Tofino’ conservation plan, informed by community consultation and designed to better fit the needs of residents.

Tofino's Water System

The District of Tofino's water is sourced with gratitude from the rainforests on Meares Island, protected by Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks in the Hahuulthii of the Tla-o-qui-aht Ha'wiih.

Five streams on Meares Island currently supply Tofino’s drinking water. The water system operates as a flow-through system that relies on a constant supply of stream water, providing ample supply year-round, excluding prolonged droughts.

Learn More

Water Master Plan

Water Master Plan – Report to Council: February 26, 2024


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