A Regional Perspective on Water Supply
“Development activity and population growth is putting extreme pressure on our regional water resources, both in terms of protecting water supply sources and preventing rainwater runoff impacts in streams and rivers,” states Michael Zbarsky, Manager of Transity and Sustainability with the Comox Valley Regional District.
“A key message is that the Comox Valley needs to use less water for a number of reasons; in particular, using less water will result in infrastructure cost savings ....because we can reduce the sizes of treatment and transmission facilities.”
“Also, three times in recent years we have exceeded the Water Licence limit for withdrawals from Comox Lake; and this has happened at a time when the reliability of supply is increasingly of concern.”
“In 2009, the weather extremes and the resulting impacts on the Comox Lake water supply highlighted concerns about the way we develop and service communities. The good news is that climate impacts on the water cycle have at least created a teachable moment for water-centric planning.”
TO LEARN MORE: To read the complete story posted on the Water Bucket website, click on Comox Valley Water Efficiency Plan sets regional target: 27% reduction in annual water use by 2014.