Water conservation over the past 15 years has played a significant role in reducing the amount of drinking water we consume daily. Average per capita water usage has decreased steadily since 1986 helping us put off the need for new infrastructure projects. That’s why Metro Vancouver operates the following conservation programs:
Metro Vancouver monitors reservoir levels as a method of ensuring enough drinking water in the short term. These levels change as a result of many factors, both natural and man-made.
Lawn Sprinkling Regulations
Lawn sprinkling regulations are in place for all Lower Mainland residents to reduce the demand for water in peak summer months. When combined with a more natural and water-wise approach to lawn and garden care, these regulations have substantially reduced the volume of water used in each household.
Residential water conservation initiatives
On average, Lower Mainland residents use more than 340 L per day for activities such as washing dishes and clothes, showering and flushing toilets. Water use can typically be reduced by making simple changes to the way we use water around our homes and ensuring that appliances are in good working order.
Business water conservation initiatives
Businesses in the region use more than 40 per cent of water consumed each day, making industrial and commercial operations prime candidates for Metro Vancouver’s money-saving water-use efficiency measures.
An irrigation assessment of your automatic irrigation system can help you find out how much water you use to water your landscape – flowers, shrubs, trees and turf. The goal of the irrigation assessment is to identify system deficiencies and recommend a course of action to fix them. This will help ensure that the system is operating efficiently.