Drinking Water Conservation Plan

Conserving a valuable resource

The Greater Vancouver Water District (GVWD) Board approved the updated Water Shortage Response Plan now renamed Drinking Water Conservation Plan (DWCP) in June 2017. The purpose of the plan is to manage demand for drinking water during the summer months (low precipitation or snow melt), and if necessary during water shortages and in emergencies (earthquake or fire). The DWCP supports the regional Drinking Water Management Plan, which sets the direction and priority for drinking water initiatives in the region.

New “Drinking Water Conservation Plan”

Recent updates include seven changes to the water use restrictions, and largely impacts the watering of lawns and landscapes, playing fields, and golf courses, and the operation of commercial car washes and pools. The changes reflect feedback received through consultation with local governments, the private sector, and the public, as well as the results of a technical analysis.

The DCWP now includes new sections on water conservation, year-round conservation measures, the process for activating stages of the plan, monitoring and enforcement, and a glossary of terms. The plan is active as of May 1, 2018 in time for the 2018 lawn watering restrictions.

To review the new DWCP please see the GVWD June 23, 2017 Board report

Project timeline

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What was your experience with the water restrictions in the summer of 2015?

Given that the purpose of the Water Shortage Response Plan is to substanially reduce water consumption during periods of high water use or during water shortages, what suggestions do you have on how the Plan can be improved?