Water Conservation Initiatives

Water conservation is not just about water shortages. It is more effective and less costly to conserve water than it is to build new infrastructure.

Long-range climate projections show that our region can expect longer summer dry spells and decreased winter snowpack, limiting future summer water availability.

Metro Vancouver’s per capita water use has been steadily declining for over a decade, but continued population growth – about 35,000 people every year – is expected to increase overall water demand in the coming years. On average, Metro Vancouver residents use over 400 liters per day for washing dishes and clothes, showering, flushing toilets, watering lawns and other outside activities.

Metro Vancouver Water Shortage Response Plan

Lawn and garden watering accounts for the largest portion of residential water use in the summer – water demand can be up to 60% higher in the summer than in the winter. Reducing water use for lawn sprinkling purposes during peak periods helps to ensure a sufficient water supply in the summer and can defer the need for system upgrades to the water supply infrastructure. In order to conserve our region's water supply, New Westminster supports Metro Vancouver's Water Shortage Response Plan by enforcing the region's lawn watering regulations.  

Rain Barrel Program 

Rain barrels are a great way to collect rain water for reuse on your lawn or garden. **Please note, the City has sold out of our limited supply of rain barrels.  For more rain barrel options, please check your local retail stores for a variety of rain barrel styles to suit your gardening needs. 

Water Usage Calculator

Find out how much water is used in your home with the Alliance for Water Efficiency's Water Calculator.

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