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Jane Comeault, Metro Vancouver - Water in the Context of Metro Vancouver

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  • The organization, Metro Vancouver represents Canada’s only non-amalgamatedmajor metro areaIt is a collaboration of 24 local authorities (including one electoral area and one First Nation) which vary greatly in size and characterBoard of Directors comprised of Mayors and Councilors from the 24 communities – every one is included
  • Metro Vancouver commissioned the Summer Visions Youth Program – a film school through the Pacific Cinematheque - to create PSAs promoting tap water over bottled water in their 2-week project. We received 8 very creative products – all available on You Tube and our website; I want to share one with you…this one is called TAP RAPhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/region/tapwater/Pages/default.aspx
  • Since the early 1990s we have had lawn sprinkling regulations in the region and they have been effectivePeak per capita water use has gone down by 25%Although the population served in the region has increased, the total volume of water delivered during the peak period has remained relatively constant.By the way, housing density matters too in residential water consumptionCompact communities have compact pipe networks and less leakageThey also have smaller lawns per capita
  • We introduced another demand management tool in 2006 – seasonal water pricing.Water is 25% more in peak season (summer) compared to winter$0.56 per cubic metre in summer$0.45 / m3 in winterThe cost to consumers is higher with the cost for municipal services added – about $0.80 to $1.00/ cubic metreGVWD Water Rate (trend over time and compare changes in the GVWD to changes inother jurisdictions).The GVWD provides water on a wholesale basis to member municipalities. GVWD’s costs to providewater are higher in the peak summer season of June through September as the natural inflows to itssource lakes are lower and the demand for water is higher. Consequently, in accordance with theDrinking Water Management Plan the GVWD began phasing in seasonal pricing in 2006. In 2010,the GVWD is charging member municipalities a summer season rate of about $0.56 per cubic metreand an off-peak season rate of about $0.45 per cubic metre (Figure 7). The water rates per cubicmetre paid by residents and businesses in the Metro Vancouver region, include municipal watersupply costs, and are typically in the range of $0.7 to $1.0 per cubic metre. Water rates in the MetroVancouver region are still lower than other regions such as Seattle ($1.23), Calgary ($1.25),Edmonton ($1.56), and Toronto ($1.89).

Jane Comeault, Metro Vancouver - Water in the Context of Metro Vancouver Jane Comeault, Metro Vancouver - Water in the Context of Metro Vancouver Presentation Transcript

  • Water in the Context of Metro Vancouver Jane Comeault PEng, MES Sustainability Strategist Canadian Water Summit Half Full: Out Water Future Toronto 17 June 2010
  • Metro Vancouver
  • Three Roles
  • Seymour Capilano Filtration Plant
  • CommunityBased Social Marketing
  • http://www.metrovancouver.org/region/tapwater/Pages/default.aspx
  • Smart Phone Application
  • Water Use Residential – 58% of annual consumption
  • Seasonal Water Pricing
  • Climate Change• Energy conservation• Energy recovery• Sequestration• Vulnerability (adaptation)
  • Local Climate Hazards and Impacts• Higher mean temperature +2-3 C• More rainfall +10-15% …mostly in winter• Shrinking snowpack -15%• Intense winter storms• Increasing wave height• Rising sea level +1-1.2 m
  • Infrastructure Risks• Power outages• Flooding• Water storage for peak season
  • Thank You