We Love Water; Metro Vancouver urges residents to conserve

Updated on February 11th, 2021

“When it comes to water conservation, small actions really do add up,” said Darrell Mussatto, Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Utilities Committee. “It’s easy to underestimate how much water is wasted when taking long showers, leaving the taps running or hosing down our cars and driveways.”

• A running hose uses 900 litres in 20 minutes

• Shortening your shower by 2 minutes can save nearly 600 litres in one month

• An hour of lawn sprinkling uses over 900 litres of water”

Metering as a Water Conservation Tactic:

Previous news stories related to water conservation in Vancouver suggest that water metering is a conservation tactic that Metro Vancouver is looking at.  According to a recent Vancouver Sun story : ‘Metro also plans to launch a two-year study later this fall on the pros and cons of water metering, as a way to reduce water use across the region. The move, which is already being done in West Vancouver and parts of Surrey, Langley and Richmond, would allow the region to reallocate how it pays for water and defer costly infrastructure, Mussatto said, but would be up to each individual municipality.” 

And this: BC prepares for another year of severe drought  also from the Vancouver Sun: “B.C. is preparing for another severe year of drought after an early start to hot weather has reduced the snow pack and water levels to rates far below normal. The province has registered 13 per cent of the normal amount of snowpack in the mountains after high temperatures in March, April and early May…”

 

QMC’s previous blogs on the topic of metering as a conservation tactic: 

Water metering makes sense, even in rainy Vancouver

Metro Vancouver studying water meters

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