Why do we need a DWWP Program?

Through the Drinking Water & Watershed Protection (DWWP) program, we are working to learn more about water in the Region, use this information to make better land use decisions, and help communities protect the environment.

The DWWP Program is supported by the City of Nanaimo, District of Lantzville, City of Parksville, Town of Qualicum Beach, and the RDN’s seven electoral areas.

The quality and amount of water in the ground and in our rivers is directly affected by what we do on the land. Land development, resource extraction, water consumption, and discharge of pollutants all affect water and are on the rise in the RDN.

We have already seen negative changes in many areas. This not only affects the health of our local ecosystems but also the social and economic stability of the Region.

Land use planning and development standards cannot be effectively modified without a clear understanding of our water resources, where they are changing, and why.

Drinking Water & Watershed Protection

Learn more about the RDN’s Drinking Water & Watershed Protection program at