Waterwoman Consulting Ltd. provides water communications, research and policy  services: 

  • Water quality monitoring and plant operations
  • Water system assessments 
  • Emergency response plans, strategic planning and feasibility studies
  • Policy review and bylaw updates
  • Communications, content development, and public outreach 
  • Event and workshop coordination


Sonya Jenssen owns and operates Waterwoman Consulting based on Vancouver Island. She has fifteen years experience working with municipalities, water associations, private consultants and non-profits to ensure clean, safe water for all end users. Sonya has worked and studied in Canada, Jordan and Norway at the University of Bergen, the City of Oslo, the BC Water and Wastewater Association, the Comox Valley Regional District and the Union Bay Improvement District.

Sonya received her Master’s in Water Resources and Coastal Management from the University of Bergen in Norway in 2006 and conducted her master’s thesis fieldwork in Jordan investigating strategies for mitigating domestic water-scarcity. She is currently (2020) working on a water treatment technology certificate and is certified as an Operator-in-training for water and wastewater systems in BC. 


Work and volunteer highlights


  • Community Engagement for LIFT Comox Valley
  • Water Quality Reporting for Union Bay Improvement District
  • Water System Assessment for Union Bay Improvement District
  • Elder College lecture and short-course on Norway for North Island College
  • Emergency Response and Contingency Plan & Turbidity Response Flow Chart for Union Bay Improvement District
  • Open House coordinator for Union Bay Improvement District
  • Founder of the Comox Valley Vikings Suns
  • Document and Photo Database & Forest-related Annotated Bibliography for Comox Valley Regional District
  • Chair of the HR & Governance committee for the Comox Valley Arts Council
  • Comox Lake Water Calendar for Waterwoman Consulting 
  • Water Education Article Series for the Comox Valley Regional District
  • Judge for Comox Valley Local Heroes Award on behalf of the Comox Valley Arts Council
  • Content Development for Small Water System operators for BC Water and Waste Association
  • BC Water Week event coordinator for the Comox Valley Regional District 
  • Watershed Management Plan update for the Village of Cumberland
  • Feasibility study for the Puntledge Townsite Water Users’ Community 
  • Surface Water Quality Treatment Objectives response plan for Union Bay Improvement District
  • Well Connectivity on Hornby Island for the Comox Valley Regional District
  • Illegal Dumping Prevention Plan for the Comox Valley and Strathcona Regional Districts
  • Municipal Alcohol Policy for the Town of Comox and City of Campbell River
  • Norwegian pavilion at the International Water Association’s 2012 global conference in South Korea for the City of Oslo’s Water and Sewerage Works
  • Comox Valley Drinking Water Reference Guide, 2007 and 2011 for the Canadian Union of Public Employees
  • Watershed Protection Plan Phase I for the Comox Valley Regional District