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​With hotter temperatures on the way, Metro Vancouver continues to expand its drinking water conservation campaign, We Love Water, offering more helpful tips to support the region's long-term goal of reducing overall water demand. Residents can visit the website, which provides information on how to use a little less water during the driest time of the year.The updated campaign comes on the heels of the region's annual lawn watering regulations, in effect from May to October. It's during the summer months when the region's water use typically increases from around 1 billion to 1.5 billion litres per day, and residents are encouraged to "use a little less, and care a little more" by adopting water-saving habits around the house and in their lawn-care routines."A golden lawn doesn't necessarily mean an unhealthy lawn," said Darrell Mussatto, Chair of Metro Vancouver's Utilities Committee. "By planning ahead, and by following expert advice on the website, you can help preserve your lawn during the hot summer months. It will green up again quickly in the fall when the rain returns."Lawns need as little as 2.5 centimetres of water per week to stay healthy and maintain a strong root system – equivalent to about one hour per week of rainfall or sprinkling. Watering early in the morning, before 9:00 a.m., also reduces the risk of evaporation and scorching from the sun.Residents are also being encouraged to get involved in "We Love Water Wednesdays" by sharing what they are doing to use less water this summer by using #WeLoveWater on social media channels. The best submissions will be showcased Wednesdays on Global BC's News Hour at 6 by meteorologist Kristi Gordon. Metro Vancouver will also be sponsoring weather updates, with additional reminders to conserve water triggered by dry stretches of weather."If every Metro Vancouver resident started using a little less water this summer we could all make a big difference when it comes to our most precious resource," said Metro Vancouver Board Chair Greg Moore. "Water conservation simply makes sense – it's the right thing to do, it's easy and it is an important part of region's environmental sustainability."Residents are already exceeding the peak-day per capita water use reduction target set by the Metro Vancouver Board, of one per cent per year compared with 2010 levels. As population rises, continued per capita rate declines can defer the need to expand drinking water supply and infrastructure.Metro Vancouver also engages residents by providing public access to information on reservoir levels, hosting watershed tours and supplying the Water Wagon at events throughout the region.