We all love water. It falls from the sky and then flows from our taps. But sometimes we take it for granted.
While it can rain a lot in Metro Vancouver, most precipitation falls from November through April. Our summers can be long and dry – and that's when we use the most water. Making small adjustments to how we use water on our lawns and gardens and in our homes can make a big difference in ensuring that we have sufficient drinking water through the drier months.
We must also prepare for changes to rainfall and snowpack in our natural environment. Climate change is impacting weather patterns across the globe, with more extreme incidents and stronger patterns of summer drought and winter storms (more rain over fewer days). In Metro Vancouver, warmer annual temperatures and longer dry spells over the summer months, combined with reductions in snowpack and earlier spring melt, could put strain on the existing water supply during times of the year when temperatures are high and water is in greatest demand.
Our water is a valuable resource, and essential to our lives and our natural environment. And a lot of work goes into making it safe for drinking and getting it to your tap, from testing and treatment at the source to monitoring its quality throughout the distribution system. By using a little less and not wasting it, we can continue to meet demand, in any season.