Saving water is everyone’s responsibility. Let’s work together to use less.
Although it is hard to imagine with all our snow and rain, Whistler’s drinking water supply is finite. Water demand is highest in the summer months when our risk is for fire is high.
We need to work together to use water wisely and save it for drinking and fire protection.
Water Conservation Stages
This year, Whistler moved to a NEW system managing water conservation. Water levels are set each week, depending on water supply, reservoir levels, fire danger rating and the weather forecast. This change to Whistler’s Outdoor Potable Water Use Bylaw allows for more flexible irrigation timelines while also keeping the reservoir is always full in case of fire.
Remember to run your taps! Even though it is important to save water, remember to run taps until the water comes out cold before drinking. This makes sure the water you are drinking is the same quality as the water that is delivered to your home.
The Resort Municipality of Whistler is working to keep finding ways for our community to use less water.
Because building more infrastructure to increase our water supply would be very expensive, the RMOW is working with the community and businesses to find ways to better manage our supply.
Other initiatives being rolled out are:
- Phasing out Once Through Cooling (OTC) systems which uses drinking water to cool equipment like industrial air conditioners, refrigerators and ice machines. Once used, the drinking water is sent to the wastewater treatment plant.
- Evaluating the potential of water metering to better monitor and equitably charge for water use.
- Implementing the 21 Mile Creek Source Protection Plan to keep our glacial watershed clean.
- Implementing a Cross Connection Control Program to preventing backflow contamination.
- Ongoing investment in water system infrastructure by upgrading the Emerald Water System, decommissioning unused wells and upgrade the 21 Mile Aquifer Supply Well Station.
- Maximizing the use of non-drinking water supply for municipal irrigation systems.
Work is informed by the Comprehensive Water Conservation and Supply Plan, updated in 2015.