Did you know that Metro Vancouverites use about 270 litres of water per person each day, a volume that nearly doubles when factoring in commercial water use?
The region’s high-quality drinking water is a valuable, essential resource, and we can all do more to conserve water indoors and outdoors — especially during the warm, dry summer months.
Rain or shine, Metro Vancouver takes water conservation seriously and promotes it through seasonal lawn watering regulations and campaigns like We Love Water, because a lot of work goes into making water safe for drinking and getting it to your tap.
Metro Vancouver delivers about one billion litres of drinking water each day (more than 1.5 billion in the summer) to member jurisdictions through a system of watersheds, dams, treatment facilities, reservoirs, pump stations and water mains.
The region’s water comes from rainfall and snowmelt in the Capilano, Seymour and Coquitlam water supply areas. Although reservoirs are replenished during the winter and spring, dry periods and higher demand for water in the summer lower reservoir water levels. In fact, water use can increase by 50% in the summer and early fall, largely due to lawn watering.
Lowering our overall use of drinking water is important to help us conserve this precious resource, and could defer costly system expansions, lower operational costs and address challenges related to climate change.
We love water! Use a little less. Care a little more. Find outdoor water conservation and water-wise lawn care tips at welovewater.ca.