To ensure that long-term safe and reliable water supplies are available for the future needs of Greater Victoria. Water conservation is an integral component of the CRD Integrated Water Services Strategic Plan for Water Supply.
During summer months, the regions water consumption near doubles, when we receive little to no rainfall. The water conservation bylaw helps manage peak demands and supply as a result of this increased consumption of our drinking water supply.
Population growth in the capital region is expected to reach 420,000 by 2020 with continued growth in future years. With this in mind, the CRD may need to develop a new source, such as the Leech River, which would be very expensive, estimated at over $100 million. Water conservation and efficiency programs, including the water conservation bylaw, prolong the need to construct such expensive infrastructure expansions.
We also do not have exclusive rights to the water in the Sooke Drinking Watershed. Under Federal and Provincial legislation, we cannot take water from the Sooke Watershed without consideration of ecological impacts downstream of the dam. To meet these requirements, an agreement was negotiated between the CRD, the Federal and Provincial Governments and the T’Sou-ke First Nation to share this limited resource.