The following is a press release  from the Comox Valley Regional District:

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) has recognized one local business and two homeowners for creating water wise landscapes and for their commitment to reducing water consumption.

Entries were received in a competition that encouraged local homeowners to let us know that they have chosen to be water wise while maintaining a beautiful property. We also wanted to hear from businesses or institutions that have taken a lead in water wise landscaping practices, rain water harvesting, and shower/toilet efficiency.

Water-conscious design, use of native plant material, landscape condition and maintenance, environmental awareness, and the all-important “WOW” factor were elements considered when evaluating the submissions.

“We want people to be environmentally responsible – composting, using mulch and rain barrels and planning landscapes that are water wise,” said Michael Zbarsky, engineering analyst CVRD and one of the program evaluators. “We were very pleased with the quality of the entries.”

Each winner was awarded a gift certificate for a water wise prize and a book titled “Water Wise Gardening” by Ian Cooke. Everyone who participated in the contest has shown that heavy watering simply isn’t necessary for a beautiful, lush property. Properties recognized for their efforts are featured online at

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is a partnership of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing nearly 60,000 residents with 85 services — from parks to full-service sports facilities to a solid waste system that serves both the CVRD and the Strathcona Regional District.