The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), the Province of British Columbia, and the B.C. Water and Waste Association (BCWWA) invite you to “Get to Know Your H2O” during Drinking Water Week, May 1 to 7, 2016 and learn more about drinking water and what you can do to protect it.
“The Resort Municipality of Whistler delivers safe, clean and healthy drinking water to our residents and guests,” said Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden. “To do so the water system needs constant monitoring and maintenance. By conserving water and protecting this renewable natural resource, Whistler residents and visitors can help manage operational costs, save tax dollars, and limit our community’s environmental impact. I encourage you all to learn more about Whistler water and what you can do to conserve and protect it during Drinking Water Week.”
Whistler’s drinking water begins as rainfall and snowmelt in the surrounding mountains. Whistler’s main source of drinking water is 21 Mile Creek. Water from the creek is disinfected and sent to the water distribution system. The RMOW prepares annual water system monitoring public reports that summarize the water system’s performance including usage and quality. Whistler water consistently receives low hazard ratings from Vancouver Coastal Health and meets all regulations. The annual water report will be presented to Council May 17.
The RMOW maintains 100 kilometres of water and wastewater pipe and one of the most advanced wastewater treatment plants in North America. Each year, the RMOW delivers on average 5.3 billion litres of drinking water to Whistler residents, businesses and guests. With warmer than average conditions in the alpine, which supplies the 21 Mile Creek water supply, additional water conservation efforts are critical. Now is the ideal time to plan ahead for a water-wise and FireSmart summer garden to be prepared for summer water sprinkling regulations.
Learn more about Whistler’s water systems by getting involved in any of the following events:
- Wednesday, May 4 from 10 to 11 a.m.—The Whistler Public Library is hosting a story and craft event for children aged 2 - 5 with a caregiver.
- Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.—Join RMOW drinking water experts on a Creek to Creek tour to learn about Whistler’s water distribution system and Wastewater Treatment Plant. Sign up by Thursday, May 5 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Saturday, May 7 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.—The Whistler Public Library is hosting a Family Together Time to create a water cycle. This event is suitable for children aged three and older with a caregiver.
For more details, please visit www.whistler.ca/valuewater.