We Love Water is an indoor water conservation campaign run by Metro Vancouver. The campaign’s message is: using water wisely is the right thing to do all year round, and small actions really do add up.
- Turning off the tap while brushing teeth for two minutes, twice a day can save close to 700 litres of drinking water each month
- Cutting two minutes off your daily shower saves over 460 litres a month
- Running full washing machines or dishwasher loads maximizes the appliance’s water efficiency
Along with improved transmission and increased supply, water conservation is a major component of Metro Vancouver’s plan for ensuring there will be sufficient world-class treated drinking water for generations to come.
“With the population growing by over 35,000 people each year, and the effects of climate change, conserving water every day is the right thing to do,” said Darrell Mussatto, chair of Metro Vancouver’s Utilities Committee. “Conservation initiatives pay off big time, especially when you consider the deferred capital costs of infrastructure projects like new dams and reservoirs.”
Growth driven projects account for approximately half of Metro Vancouver’s $3 billion long range capital plan for Water Services. Metro Vancouver has spent close to $1 billion on water treatment upgrades over the past decade and is investing close to $1 billion on seismic upgrades over the coming decade.
On welovewater.ca, residents can find shareable, waterwise tips for inside and outside the home. Social media users are encouraged to contribute to an online gallery showcasing their love of water via Twitter and Instagram hashtags #welovewaterMV and #waterwise.
The campaign will have a presence on television, social media, and at fitness facilities throughout the region where we know from research that people tend to shower longer in public facilities and dormitories than they would at home. The welovewater.ca website will continue to offer water saving tips.
Metro Vancouver’s drinking water is serviced by 2 water treatment facilities: the Seymour-Capilano Filtration Plant and the Coquitlam Water Treatment Plant. The two facilities draw water from 3 watersheds, Capilano, Seymour, and Coquitlam.
Metro Vancouver drinking water facts:
- 15 water pumping stations move water around the region .
- 8 rechlorination stations boost chlorine levels as water moves away from the primary treatment plants.
- Over 20 in-system reservoirs store water at high points in the region. These refill overnight, so that enough water is available during high water demand times like early morning when many residents shower, flush toilets, prepare meals, and businesses start operating. One example is the Little Mountain Reservoir in the hill of Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver.
- Over 500 km of water mains ranging from 35 centimeters to 3 metres in diameter.
For further information on Metro Vancouver’s drinking water, view the management plan.