This page gathers together, in one location, a number of practical WSP publications and resources that focus on community water conservation. Collectively, these make up the POLIS WaterSmart Toolkit. The Toolkit was developed to provide a "one-stop shop" to help support communities as they transition from supply-side management to long-term integrated water conservation planning. Please browse the links listed below, as well as the publications listed in the "Related Resources" sidebar. For further information, contact Laura Brandes.
Water Conservation Planning Guide
The Water Conservation Guide for British Columbia (2013) outlines a seven-step planning process to help communities of all sizes work towards a healthy water future. It was designed to help small to mid-sized communities identify and realize their water conservation goals, and contains information that larger B.C. communities may also find useful. This guide is an updated edition of our 2009 publication Water Conservation Planning Guide for British Columbia Communities (2009).
Water Soft Path Pilot Projects
The WSP's national soft path pilot project program supports communities in moving away from supply-side solutions towards a more sustainable approach to water management. The WSP team works with community leaders and local governments to develop tailored soft path strategies. By working directly with local leaders, communities are involved in the process of determining what their water future will ultimately look like.
WSP research demonstrates that a soft path approach to designing and implementating a water conservation plan can reduce water use by one-third to one-half using existing off-the-shelf technologies and programs. Our goal is to show that notable savings are achievable and, importantly, that water sustainability is a real possibility.
The following soft path pilot project reports serve as examples and can offer inspiration to other communities that may be considering a more sustainable approach to water management:
Water Sustainability Charter
The Water Sustainability Charter (2010) offers a framework for communities to address local water visions and unique management concerns while contributing to a broader national and international effort to begin addressing the looming global water crisis. The Charter strives to improve dialogue between water managers and water users and emphasizes a participatory approach to water management.