Drought urges Metro Vancouver residents to take shorter showers


A man walks in the water off Locarno Beach during unseasonably warm weather on October 6, 2022 in Vancouver, British Columbia. (The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck)

Metro Vancouver’s water usage is much higher and reservoir levels are lower than normal, prompting local districts to ask millions of residents and businesses to conserve water.

Metro Vancouver’s regional districts have said their water usage has increased by 20% during this time of year due to the prolonged dry and warm weather.

From August 1 to October 1, about 400 mm of rain is normal, but since the beginning of August, about 50 mm of rain has fallen in the region’s basins.

By reducing tap water use both indoors and outdoors, the district says it will help conserve “precious treated drinking water” where it’s needed most, including cooking, cleaning and drinking.

It calls for people to refrain from watering their lawns and let them go dormant.

According to the district, showers should be shorter indoors and the tap should be turned off while washing dishes or brushing teeth.

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