Here in Burnaby, surrounded by waterways and with our mild, wet winters, it's easy to forget that water is a precious and limited resource. On average, Lower Mainland residents use more than 340 L per day for activities such as washing dishes and clothes, showering, flushing toilets, lawn watering and other outside activities.
Water use can typically be reduced with a few simple changes.
Shorter Showers Challenge
Burnaby’s Bonsor Recreation Complex champions both swimming and the environment so they launched a challenge to conserve energy and water with the goal to reduce showering times at the pool by 75%. View the video to learn more.
You're Not Just a Drop in the Bucket
Your actions help save water. Tap into the City's water conservation programs — you can use water efficiently and save money, too.
- Water Conservation Tools
A rain barrel significantly decreases your water consumption and provides your plants with nutrient rich water. Our Water Conservation Tool Kits can help you cut back on water waste in and outside your home.
- Lawn Watering Restrictions
These restrictions are in place to help conserve water in the summer months, when we use water faster than our reservoirs can refill.
Water Conservation is Important for:
- Ensuring sufficient drinking water supplies through the year, for when low snow-pack levels and long, hot summers prevent our reservoirs from a full recharge. The Capilano, Seymour and Coquitlam reservoirs are filled by rain and snowmelt.
- Meeting the demands of a growing population and delaying (or eliminating) the need for costly upgrades in the future.
- Reducing waterfront pollution by minimizing how much waste water is generated.