Working to reduce Vancouver's per-capita water consumption. Targeting residential, commercial, and civic use. Significant community water efficiency and access to water campaigns:
Waterwise Garden Education program (2014): Program to promote water conservation education. Residents volunteer to host a garden party and invite several friends. The City provides staff to attend and educate the party on water conservation measures for the garden. http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/waterwise-garden-parties.aspx
Conservation outreach to schools: The City partnered with DreamRiders Theatre to deliver 38 performances to elementary children. Estimated outreach: 42000 children.
Water efficiency audits in restaurants and offices (2014):
Industrial and business activity account for a quarter of Vancouver’s annual water usage. In a pilot program to tackle water consumption, seven restaurants and offices agreed to have audits done, to identify opportunities to reduce water usage in their operations. The group also committed to inexpensive water-saving upgrades—such as faucet aerators, pre-rinse spray valves, and high-efficiency toilets—that will reduce their water use by up to 22 per cent and pay for themselves in less than two years.
Seasonal water rates (2012):
The City has also adopted seasonal water rates , which reflect the increased cost of purchasing water from Metro Vancouver in the hotter, drier months. Seasonal water rates are designed to reflect the cost of water purchases, which fluctuates with the seasons. It is expected to reduce peak water demand during the dry summer months.
Fire Hydrant Leak Detection Program (2013):
More than 100 of the City's 6,000+ fire hydrants are leaking at any given time. In 2013, ongoing funding was established for a twice-yearly hydrant leak survey program. This program will save 200 million litres of water and up to $200,000 a year. Moving forward, new equipment will provide greater sensitivity when "listening" for leaks and allow pressures to be dialed down to reduce leakage in the City's pipe network.
Also website communications; water conservation kits