Potable water conservation continues to be a priority for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, and everyone in Whistler has a role to play in saving water through simple changes to the way potable water is used both indoors and outside.
The RMOW is updating the outdoor potable water use bylaw to improve the efficiency of potable water management, particularly as it is used in outdoor irrigation. Most water use happens during the dry summer months, and at the same time, this is when the community’s fire risk is highest. Conserving water is important to ensure that we have an adequate supply in the event of a fire emergency.
RMOW staff are working on an update to the outdoor potable water use bylaw based on many months of stakeholder consultation, and residents are invited to learn more and share input before the recommendations are finalized. The new bylaw will take a proactive approach to conservation, and will simplify outdoor water use regulations.
Open House event:
Thursday, March 22
Whistler Conference Centre Spearhead room
Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden would like to thank the community members who have worked with staff over the past two years to provide input into the process. “Reducing potable water consumption decreases the amount of water that requires treatment, which reduces energy use and infrastructure costs. As the existing infrastructure ages RMOW will be allocating more of the existing operational and capital funds to system renewal.” The updated bylaw is scheduled to be presented to Council this spring for adoption prior to the anticipated hot, dry summer.
To learn more, please visit: www.whistler.ca/savewater
About conserving Whistler water
Through the Whistler 2020 process, a community goal was set to reduce water consumption to 425 litres per capita per day. In 2017, the consumption was measured at 440 litres per capita per day (based on the calculated population equivalent for Whistler). In order to meet our sustainability goal, everyone in the community needs to conserve water through simple changes in daily habits.