Metro Vancouver seeks water input

The dry summer saw serious water restrictions in Langley and elsewhere.

  • Jan. 6, 2016 6:00 p.m.

Metro Vancouver is looking for public input on water after 2015’s long, hot summer. It plans to introduce basic changes for 2016 with longer term changes in the works. Go to metrovan.org for an online feedback form.

Over the next year and a half, Metro Vancouver is reviewing and updating the Water Shortage Response Plan (WSRP), possibly to adjust plan objectives, water restrictions, and moving from one stage to another.

The purpose of the region’s Water Shortage Response Plan (WSRP) is to manage demand for drinking water during the summer months (low precipitation or snow melt), and if necessary during emergencies (earthquake or fire).

Like all plans, the WSRP is reviewed periodically to reflect population growth, new technologies, and changes in infrastructure and the environment.

In addition to periodic reviews, experience with high water use during the summer of 2015 and the lower-than-normal water supply, and the resulting activation of incremental stages of the WSRP, are driving this review process.

First, some immediate amendments are being considered for summer 2016. Second, a potentially broader restructuring of the WSRP is considered for 2017. The two-phase review process accommodates timelines to amend and align related municipal bylaws.

Metro Vancouver and member municipalities received a lot of early feedback from the public and businesses during the summer of 2015 regarding the elevated restrictions. We are now seeking additional feedback to inform decision making on the WSRP review and update.

The timeline calls for a draft plan to be done by late this year with implementation of any changes in late 2016 and 2017.

The consultation has included private sector focus groups, and municipal staff workshops. The public feedback is through the online form at http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/water/consultation/WSRP-review/Pages/default.aspx.

 

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