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“A Water Conservation Strategy for British Columbia” was launched at the 1998 Annual Convention of the Union of BC Municipalities


"A Water Conservation Strategy for British Columbia" was developed by a working group chaired by Prad Khare. The Strategy will contribute to a sustained and healthy resource and provide a common framework for water management activities throughout the province by advancing water as a valuable resource which must be utilized efficiently, wisely and cost-effectively to sustain a high quality of social, environmental and economic well-being, for now and in the future.

Water, Water Everywhere….Does British Columbia Really Need a Water Conservation Strategy?


In 1992, co-authored papers by Tom Heath and Kim Stephens and by Ted van der Gulik (left) and Kim Stephens were published as an integrated magazine article. "Although there is a perception that BC is water-rich, the reality is that we are often seasonally water-short (mainly because of storage limitations) during the period when water demand is heaviest due to lawn and garden irrigation," wrote the authors in their opening paragraph.

Drought Response in British Columbia: Province reminds local governments about BC’s Water Conservation Guide

"The Province is urging water users to take action to conserve and manage water according to the drought levels in their regions. The Guide helps communities in the development or revision of water conservation plans. Using the guide will also help ensure a community’s water conservation plan meets the requirements to be eligible for drinking water infrastructure funding from the Province," wrote Liam Edwards.

Drought Response in Metro Vancouver: Region ‘unlikely’ to move to Stage 4 water restrictions, says Mayor Darrell Mussatto

“Because we’ve been making adjustments and we’ve been reducing our water consumption, not watering our lawns or washing our cars and such, and using less water at home, it looks like hopefully we’ll be able to avoid the Stage 4 restrictions,” said Mayor Darrell Mussatto, Metro Vancouver Utilities Committee chair. “But indeed, we have to stay strong and continue to respect Stage 3, and that will happen probably right through until the end of September.”

Drought Response in the Okanagan: Summerland Encourages Water Conservation

Although Summerland’s reservoirs were not in distress, the District took proactive measures in late August to ensure the community's water supply is not depleted. “We want residents and businesses to understand the seriousness of the water situation in the Okanagan. Everyone needs to work together to do their part and make a conscious effort to voluntarily reduce their water consumption," said Mayor Peter Waterman.

Canadians Rank Among World’s Top Water Hogs

While public education and water restrictions help to conserve water, dramatic reductions can be achieved through water pricing. The City of Nanaimo employs water pricing that places the entire cost of water delivery on users without any subsidy from property tax. “That has had a huge impact. As (capital) costs have gone up, we’ve turned the water rates up and people have responded by turning their hoses off," reported Bill Sims.

Drought Response in Metro Vancouver: Car Dealers Embrace Water Conservation

When Stage 3 water restrictions were implemented by Metro Vancouver in July 2015, washing of vehicles was one of the activities that went from restricted to prohibited, unless it’s done at a commercial car wash. “Car dealers tend to be pretty good community supporters. It’s part of their DNA and with the current water situation they want to do their part," notes Blair Qualey, President of the New Car Dealers Association of B.C.

Drought Response in Los Angeles: Design Streets to Recharge Groundwater for Water Supply!

Green streets will be critical to satisfy a Los Angeles mandate to cut its use of imported water by half by 2024. When it rains, stormwater runoff flowing from a 124-acre drainage area through the project site will be captured and infiltrated to replenish the San Fernando Groundwater Basin. "We will achieve the water requirements we have to have to ensure water quality and storm runoff is at the highest standard,” said Enrique Zaldivar, director of L.A. Sanitation.

Monitoring the 2015 Drought in Metro Vancouver: Daily Consumption and Weekly Reservoir Levels

In July 2015 Metro Vancouver moved to Stage 3 water restrictions – banning all lawn sprinkling with treated drinking water and bringing in a number of other water conservation measures. “We need to reduce our discretionary use of water including lawn sprinkling and washing cars,” said Board Chair Greg Moore. “Our reservoir levels need to be maintained for priority needs in our homes and businesses, and for community needs like fire protection.”