With all the rainfall in Metro Vancouver, it can be easy to
forget that our treated drinking water doesn’t just fall from the sky.
Rain or shine, we take water conservation seriously because a
lot of work goes into making water safe for drinking and getting it to your
tap. As our population increases, using less water can defer the need to invest
in costly infrastructure.
While we receive our fair share of rain, our summers can be long
and dry – and that's when we use the most water. Learning new ways to use less
water around our homes, even when it’s raining, can make a big difference when
it’s time to conserve drinking water through the drier months.
We must also prepare for changes to rainfall and snowpack due to
climate change. In Metro Vancouver, warmer annual temperatures and longer dry
spells, combined with reductions in snowpack and earlier spring melt, could put
strain on the existing water supply during times of the year when water is in
Our water is a valuable resource,
essential to our lives and our natural environment. By using a little less and
not wasting it, we can continue to meet demand, in any season.