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Source: Metro Vancouver

Adapting to drought conditions

2050 projections

Updated local climate projections show that we can expect: 

  • A decrease in average summer rainfall
  • Longer summer dry spells

Learn more about drought projections (171 KB)

Droughts are prolonged periods of dry conditions and water shortages that can be caused by a combination of:

  • Insufficient snow accumulation
  • Prolonged hot and dry weather
  • Low rainfall

While Vancouver is sometimes affectionately referred to as “Rain City”, climate change is altering precipitation patterns. 

Building the future we want

A city that’s resilient to drought means:

  • Healthier local ecosystems
  • More efficient use of water through improved metering systems
  • Exploring alternative sources of water for irrigation to conserve drinking water

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