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Metro Vancouver's long-term water supply strategy puts the region in a strong position to meet drinking water needs well into the future, according to a recent study.The Water Supply Outlook 2120 presents key findings and actions to ensure the continued delivery of clean, safe drinking water for the region over the next hundred years. It assesses and provides recommendations to ensure the water supply is sufficient to meet the needs of a growing population and is resilient to the impacts of climate change."Our water system is already facing pressure from climate change and we must take action to ensure our drinking water infrastructure, which is already among the world's best, remains resilient and able to withstand future challenges," said Sav Dhaliwal, Chair of the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors.Thanks to regional and local government water conservation efforts, per capita water use has declined in the last two decades. However, as the region's population continues to grow, the overall water demand will only increase in the future. The region currently uses about 390 billion litres of water per year and water demand is projected to increase to over 600 billion litres per year by 2120. A pattern of wetter winters and drier summers means less snowmelt will be available to sustain the reservoirs during summer months when demand is highest.A key aspect of Metro Vancouver's long-term water supply strategy is to build new infrastructure to access more of the water from Coquitlam Lake, the largest of the three main water reservoirs. Planning is currently underway for the design and construction of a second water intake, a water supply tunnel and water treatment facilities, expected to be in operation by the mid-2030s. "This study confirms that Metro Vancouver is on the right track with the Coquitlam Lake Water Supply Project," said Malcolm Brodie, Chair of Metro Vancouver's Water Committee. "Once operational, this major infrastructure project will help meet the region's water needs well into the next half century while increasing our system's resilience to climate change.""Large-scale infrastructure initiatives such as the Coquitlam Lake Water Supply Project underlie the long term livability and economic prosperity of the region," added Chair Dhaliwal. "We look forward to partnering with other orders of government to jointly fund this vitally important project."Beyond the Coquitlam Lake Water Supply Project, Metro Vancouver is well-positioned to access additional water supply from within its existing watersheds.Water conservation initiatives, such as the WE ❤︎ WATER campaign and regional lawn watering regulations, as well as broad implementation of water efficiency programs, reduce per capita demand and may potentially defer the need for additional water supply projects.About Water ServicesMetro Vancouver provides safe, high quality drinking water to its member jurisdictions at a reasonable cost. Metro Vancouver uses a system of watersheds, dams, treatment facilities, reservoirs, pump stations and water mains to deliver water to its members. Upgrades are constantly being made to the water system to maintain the quality and reliability of the region's drinking water.Water Supply Outlook 2120 Overview (video)Water Supply Outlook 2120 (PDF)Coquitlam Water Supply Project Fact Sheet (PDF)