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Water Conservation — Every Bit Helps

Aug 07, 2015

On July 20, Metro Vancouver implemented Stage 3 of the Water Shortage Response Plan. As a member municipality of the Metro Vancouver region, water restrictions apply in Delta. In addition to following Stage 3 restrictions, everyone needs to do their part to conserve as much water as possible.

Metro Vancouver supplies drinking water to about 2.4 million people from three natural reservoirs: Capilano, Seymour and Coquitlam. As of August 2, reservoirs are 63% full, which is below the normal range for this time of year.

To maintain reservoir levels we can further reduce our water use by following additional conservation measures:

Be Waterwise Indoors

  • Shorten your showers! A five-minute shower takes 50-100L of water.
  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or washing dishes.
  • Run full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher.
  • Use garburators sparingly. Garburators use a lot of water to flush food scraps down the sink. Check out our Green Can Program and backyard composters.
  • Collect the water from washing fruits and vegetables or from the shower to use for your plants.
  • Check to see if your toilet is leaking! Put a drop of food colouring in the tank, and if it shows up in the bowl, it needs to be fixed.

Be Waterwise Outdoors

  • Did you know that a brown lawn is just sleeping? Once the rain returns, it will turn green again. Follow current restrictions and do not water your lawn.
  • Car washing is prohibited. If required for safety, wash car windscreens, windows and headlights using a bucket.
  • Sweep driveways or decks with a broom instead of the hose.
  • Install a shut-off valve on your hose so it only runs when in use.


Stage 2 was enacted on July 3 and helped decrease our water consumption by approximately 15%, reducing daily water consumption from more than 1.6 billion litres per day to about 1.35 billion litres. Since Stage 3 was enacted on July 20, water consumption has reduced to less than 1.2 billion litres per day, which is within Metro Vancouver's targeted consumption. For more information on water conservation, including Metro Vancouver reservoir levels, visit our water conservation web page.

Keep conserving water, Delta!