With 25% of the fresh flowing water in Canada, British Columbia appears to be richly endowed with water. However, the increase in population growth, the expansion of industry and agriculture, and the potential for climate change impacts all place enormous pressure on the province's water supply.
Snowmelt and rainfall contribute to the water supply across B.C. But precipitation is limited in the summer months, when the demand for water increases and the supply available decreases.
- Find the latest information on drought in B.C. at the Drought Information Portal
Water conservation is critical in summer months but year-round water conservation has significant benefits as well. Reducing water consumption decreases the amount of water that requires treatment, as well as sewage and infrastructure costs.
The Water Conservation Guide for BC helps communities in the development or revision of water conservation plans. Using the guide will help ensure your community’s water conservation plan meets the requirements to be eligible for drinking water infrastructure funding from the B.C. Government.
- Read the Water Conservation Guide for BC
The 1998 Water Conservation Strategy for British Columbia promoted water as a highly valuable resource and continues to provide a valuable framework and menu of water-use efficiency tools to guide and encourage efficient and cost-effective water use throughout the province. While the 1998 Strategy is a reflection of its time, it remains an important touchstone in the ongoing water –use efficiency dialogue of today.
The Water Use Efficiency Catalogue for B.C. provides examples of federal, provincial and local governments applying the range of tools to conserve water.