metro vancouver water shortage response Plan Review 

Metro Vancouver commissioned this project to review its water shortage response plan.  Neal Whiteside provided technical review to the team led by Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd. and Econics.   

Metro Vancouver's Water Shortage Response Plan (WSRP) includes four escalating stages of water use restrictions to respond to summer water shortages.  The review of the WSRP was prompted by feedback experienced during the hot and dry weather in the summer of 2015, when Stages 2 and 3 of the WSRP were enacted.  The objective of this project was to update the WSRP to ensure it effectively reduces drinking water use under Stages 1 through 3, while minimizing impacts on communities and businesses in the region. 


    The project included:

    • a review of water shortage plans in other jurisdictions across Canada
    • quantifying base and seasonal water use and quantifying water use in different sectors
    • impacts of various conservation measures and water use restrictions
    • evaluation and recommendation of changes to the water shortage response plan

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Water demand forecasting
    • Water conservation

    Year:     2016-7

    Location: Metro Vancouver, BC

    Client:  Metro Vancouver