Even though Whistler is surrounded by rivers, lakes and glaciers, water conservation is critically important.
Every year, the community is encouraged to take action to save water. Saving water is critical because it ensures that the community will be prepared in the event of a wildfire.
Watch this space for current information about water use and for tips about how to save water.
2016 Weekly Water Consumption vs. Target updated to November 1, 2016. Weekly updates to continue in Spring 2017
To help reduce water consumption during the summer months, the RMOW implements lawn Sprinkling Regulations from June 1 to September 30.
Water Savings Tips For Outside Your Home
- Use a sprinkler for only an hour per week when your lawn needs it. An hour of sprinkling uses 1300 litres of water. That is the equivalent of 25 toilet flushes, 5 loads of laundry and 5 dishwasher loads combined!
- Position the sprinkler so that water isn't wasted on the cement; this can save 10 to 35 litres/minute.
- Grow the grass at least 2 to 3 inches. Taller grass shades new growth and reduces evaporation. Set lawnmower blades to cut at 50mm or higher.
- Don’t overwater plants. More plants are stressed or killed by over-watering rather than under-watering.
- Light mulching with straight compost (no sand added) is a great way to save water and protect plants from drying out between watering. Municipal Compost is available at the Whistler Transfer Station and various landscape companies.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean the driveway and sidewalk. A hose uses 23 litres/minute.
- Only use hoses with trigger operated nozzles and recoil the hose on a wheel after use to prevent damage.
- Wash your car using soap and water from a bucket.
Water Savings Tips For Inside Your Home
- Turn off the water when shaving, brushing teeth, and washing dishes. This can save 10 to 40 litres/day.
- Install low flow toilets - they can save 6 to 14 litres per flush while low flow showerheads can save 8 litres/minute.
- Flush only toilet paper down the toilet.
- Wash produce in a pan half-filled with water instead of using a strainer then use the water from the pan to water plants.
- Run the dishwasher and washing machine only when you have a full load.
Calculate Your Water Footprint
Calculate your water footprint and compare against national averages at waterfootprint.org