BC Adapts - Water Conservation

Warmer temperatures are influencing snowpack and changing precipitation patterns, which affect water availability for many regions in B.C. These regions will experience reduced water supply in the summer when water demand is highest. The videos in this module provide examples of options for water conservation practiced in communities in B.C. and in similar communities internationally.


Why? An Introduction

Climate change induced summer droughts are expected to make the need for effective water conservation more urgent than ever. New technologies to make water conservation easy are becoming mainstream around the world.

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Water Conservation 2 - Water Conservation Outdoors


Water Conservation Outdoors

As we adjust to climate change induced summer droughts, reducing our outdoor water use can reduce our impacts on water needed to keep streams flowing and wetland habitat wet.

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Water Conservation 3 - Rainwater Harvesting


Rainwater Harvesting

Water from rooftops is relatively clean. While not suitable for human contact without treatment, it has several beneficial uses in our yards and buildings. As climate change creates more summer drought conditions, and water prices rise, rainwater harvesting and reuse will become increasingly common in BC.

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Water Conservation 4 - Water Treatment & Reuse


Water Treatment & Reuse

Tertiary treatment of wastewater can create non-potable water for irrigation, toilet flushing, laundry, and industrial processes. The ‘fit for use’ application of water resources is key to climate change adaptation.