Water is often taken for granted, especially in our area where water resources are abundant and rainfall is plentiful for the majority of the year. However, our climate is changing and our population and our economy continue to grow, increasing the demands and pressures on our water resources. We need to adapt to climate change and think about intergenerational equity.
While our water system can easily meet average day demands, warm summer weather increases user demand on our water system, typically resulting in "peak days" when daily demands reach its annual maximum. Peak days, or group of peak days, can potentially create situations of not enough water available for fire protection, low water pressure, or in extreme cases, areas running short of water. In addition climate change can effect our water resources. In 2015, there was no snowpack and Dickson Lake dropped into Stage Three of the Water Shortage Response Plan for the first time, resulting in stricter water restrictions.
Water conservation benefits the whole community and ensures that we continue to have a high quality water supply capable of supporting a growing population.