Total Water Use
Whistler's total water consumption in 2017 was 5.86 billion litres or 440 litres/person/day. While total usage increased to the highest use ever, the level of per capita use represents a statistical decrease year-over-year. As per capita usage is still beyond Whistler's performance target of 425 litres/per person/day the outer ring is still red.
Why Monitor This
Water is one of Whistler's most important assets, supporting natural areas, wildlife, residents and visitors. Using water resources wisely is fundamental to an environmentally-responsible approach to living. This issue relates not only to the availability of the resource; it is also a municipal infrastructure priority that can translate into millions of dollars spent or saved.
What This Measures
Water use measures the total of water extracted and delivered from RMOW water plants and non-potable systems to end users. Water uses that are not captured within this measure include private purpose uses such as for Whistler's golf courses and Whistler Blackcomb’s mountain operations. To account for the large influx of visitors to the community, the per capita measure uses Whistler's population equivalent to the total community population.