The Sunshine Coast's water supply infrastructure is showing signs
of distress; our water treatment plant is operating at full capacity
year round, and water use conflicts are emerging during the low-flow
times of the year. As well, our population is growing.
2007, the SCCA began to consider the potential of rain harvesting to
alleviate demand during low flow periods in Chapman Creek. We received
a grant from the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation to study rain
harvesting feasibility in our community, and have published a Final Report
with recommendations for regional government. Rain
harvesting storage tanks on Hornby Island, January 2009. These tanks
store 6,000 gallons of rain water harvested from a 1600 square foot
roof. The system provides a home with water for all indoor and outdoor
non-potable uses year round. King Anderson photo.