As British Columbia faces hotter than normal temperatures early in the summer season, Metro Vancouver has put in place stage 3 water restrictions for the region.
“Water cooler” talk (no pun intended) focuses on the highly unusual conditions, the smokey skies and the more than 180 fires burning in this province.
Metro Vancouver provides drinking water to municipalities, and monitors reservoir levels regularly. Below is information that will help you put the pieces together about low rainfall and snow, droughts and reservoir levels.
What does this mean for our water supply? For our forests, fish and other animals?
We need to reduce our discretionary uses immediately – Remember: one hour of lawn sprinkling uses as much water as 25 toilet flushes, 5 loads of laundry and 5 dishwasher loads combined.
As we head into the heavy-water-use summer season, we need to change our behaviour.
We tend to double our water use in summer, largely due to lawn sprinkling, power-washing and other outdoor uses.
Metro Vancouver’s Water Shortage Response Plan
Water Reduction Tips For Your Yard
Dirty is the New Clean
Let Your Lawn Go Brown
Spring Loaded Nozzle
Sweep Your Patio
Use Your Rain Barrel