Water Conservation

One of the indicators of climate change is extreme weather. Extreme precipitation in winter months provides an abundance of water while putting a strain on our storm water system.

Everything changes in summer months when periods of drought put pressure on our limited supply of treated drinking water. and conservation becomes that much more important.

Conserving Drinking Water

  • The cost and importance of water treatment/water quality/water delivery systems apply year round
  • the less you use, the less you pay
  • Water conservation - things you can do to conserve water and save money
  • Summer: Water shortage response plan and sprinkling regulations
  • All the time: Rebates on energy efficient appliances, water barrels, etc

Managing Storm Water

  • Diversion systems and open drainage ditches
  • Rain barrels useful for managing stormwater on private property
  • It all comes out in the ocean (this is not managing and is not a harmful impact).
  • Use permeable rather than impermeable materials when landscaping your property to reduce storm runoff.

conservation tips

Drinking water is a valuable resource, and there are many reasons why you should take steps to conserve this resource. More Information

sprinkling regulations

In dry summer months, average residential water use in West Vancouver can more than double, because people choose to wash cars, fill swimming pools and use water in ways they don’t during the winter. Lawn sprinkling regulations are in effect May 15–October 15 and apply to all municipalities in Metro Vancouver. More Information

Student Video Contest

We challenged kindergarten to Grade 12 students to create videos showcasing the many ways water is wasted and what specific actions people can take to reduce water use. The resulting videos are creative, informative and fun to watch! More Information


Aaron Bichard
Community Programs Coordinator



Don't waste a drop

Leaking faucets lose a lot of water!

  • 280 litres/week (slow drip)
  • 750 litres/week (fast drip)
  • 3700 litres/week (steady stream such as a broken pipe). That's the same as filling an extra 50 baths a week!

More Information & Tips for Water Conservation