Water Shortage Response Plan Review and Update

Conserving a valuable resource

Metro Vancouver is reviewing and updating the Water Shortage Response Plan (WSRP) to clarify and potentially adjust plan objectives, the restrictions, and the rationale for moving from one stage to another.

The purpose of the region’s WSRP is to manage demand for drinking water during the summer months (low precipitation or snow melt), and if necessary during emergencies (earthquake or fire). The WSRP supports the Drinking Water Management Plan, which sets the direction and priority for drinking water initiatives in the region.

Updating the plan

The WSRP is reviewed periodically to reflect population growth, new technologies, and changes in infrastructure and the environment.

In addition to periodic reviews, experience with high water use during the summer of 2015, the lower-than-normal water supply, and the resulting activation of incremental stages of the WSRP, are driving a review process.

The review process is occurring in two stages. First, some immediate amendments were made for summer 2016. Second, a potentially broader restructuring of the WSRP is considered for 2017. The two-phase review process accommodates timelines to amend and align related municipal bylaws.

The proposed changes to the WSRP are described in the November 2016 Committee Report. We encourage you to review this document before providing feedback.

Consultation process

Metro Vancouver and local members received a lot of feedback on the water restrictions during the summer of 2015. A formal consultation process was held through winter 2015/ 2016 resulting in some immediate changes for summer 2016. A second consultation process is currently underway, with public feedback being collected from December 20, 2016 to January 31, 2017.

Attend one of these Sustainability Dialogues to discuss and provide your comments in person.

Our Drinking Water – A Shared Resource

Jan 16 Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody 
Jan 19 Surrey City Hall, 13450-104 Avenue, Surrey
Jan 25 Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier, 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Time Noon - 1:30pm (lunch served 11:30-noon)

Jan 26 BCIT downtown campus, 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Time 7:30 – 9:00am (continental breakfast served at 7:00am) 

Dialogue Info and Registration  

Can’t attend a Sustainability Dialogue? You can have your say by filling out the online feedback form .

Provide your feedback  

Please direct any other questions or comments to wsrp@metrovancouver.org.  

Project timeline

If you have any comments or questions about the WSRP review and update process please email us:

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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?