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Why Conserve Water


​Water use changes with the seasons​

With all the rainfall in Metro Vancouver, conserving water might not be top of mind, but conserving water matters more than you may think.

Metro Vancouverites use about 270 litres per person per day. When you factor in commercial uses (to run our businesses, institutions and public facilities, for example) the average use is about 450 litres per person per day.

The average amount of water we use daily in Metro Vancouver is 1 billion ​litres — enough to fill BC Place.​



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​About 60 per cent of our water use is outdoors, and in the summer months our daily water use can increase by 50 per cent​​​​​​ due to lawn watering and increased outdoor use.

Seasonal Water Usage Infographic

About 40 per cent of our water use is indoors. By keeping conservation in mind year-round, we can continue to meet demand in any season.​ Get simple tips to use less water around the home.​

Outdoor tips ​ I​ndoor tips​​

Indoor Water Usage Infographic

Managing water for future generations



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As our population increases, using less water can defer the need to invest in costly infrastructure.

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 a strain on the existing water supply during times of the year when water is in greatest demand.

Our drinking water is a valuable resource, essential to our lives and our natural environment. And together, we can use it wisely to ensure we meet our needs and those of future generations.

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