Goal: Vancouver will have the best drinking water of any city in the world
Vancouver residents consume an average of 320 litres of water per day.
That is more than double other similar cities such as Melbourne, London, or Copenhagen, which have per capita consumption rates between 150 and 220 litres per day.
Although total water consumption across residents, commercial businesses and industry has decreased over the last 25 years, there is still a long way to go to live within our means.
Clean water targets
- Meet or beat the strongest of British Columbian, Canadian, and appropriate international drinking water quality standards and guidelines
- Reduce per capita water consumption by 33% from 2006 levels
How we measure success
|Proxy indicator||Baseline||2012||% change||2020 target|
|Total number of instances of not meeting drinking water quality standards||0||0||0%||0|
|Total water consumption per capita||583 L
per day (2006)
Priority actions and progress
|Create policy require water metering on all new one- and two-family homes, effective 2012||100%|
|Expand lawn sprinkling enforcement efforts through dedicated patrol||90%|
|Develop and implement enhanced water education, incentive, and conservation programs||60%|
|Continue to expand outdoor public access to drinking water||75%|
|Eliminate combined sewer overflows from outfalls at Crowe and Burrard Streets||90%|
|Develop Integrated Rainwater Management plans||5%|