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.

As part of Metro Vancouver’s mandate to manage drinking water responsibly, the WSRP is one component among a complement of water management plans that ensure the provision of clean, safe drinking water and the conservation of this valuable resource.

The purpose of the region’s Water Shortage Response Plan (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).

Updating the plan

Like all plans, 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 this review process.

The review process is occuring 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.

Consultation process

Metro Vancouver and member municipalities 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 planned for winter 2016/17. In the meantime, please direct questions or comments to wsrp@metrovancouver.org  

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

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The Support Guide is a companion document to the WSRP to provide definitions and interpretations where required, in order to facilitate and unify implementation and enforcement of the plan across the region.
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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?