New Water Consumption Plan Approved
Prince George, B.C.- The City of Prince George has a new plan aimed at reducing water consumption.
With climate change expected to increase temperatures and episodes of flooding or drought, the plan is aimed at ensuring the P.G. water supply is sustainable.
In a report to Council, it is noted the average daily water usage in Prince George last year was 754 litres per capita. That’s more than twice the amount of the national average which is 330 litres per capita per day while the average in BC is 490 litres per capita per day.
The plan adopted by Council aims to see water consumption reduced by 20% by 2026, when average daily consumption would be down to 603 litres per capita per day.
The plan calls for the City to lead by example. Last year, the City took heat from residents when 250News reported that sprinklers at the Rotary Soccer fields were in full sprinkling action when mechanical irrigation was banned. That problem was blamed on a computer system which had not been updated.
The plan also calls for an education component, leak detection, enhanced sprinkler restrictions and a volunteer water meter program.
While there is nothing to correlate directly on why Prince George’s consumption is so much higher than other communities in the Province but water meters seem to have an impact. Right now, only about 700 homes in P.G. have water meters.
The City already has sprinkling restrictions in place with odd numbered addresses allowed to sprinkle on odd numbered days, and even numbered addresses on even numbered days. There is also a time frame restriction for different areas of the City. The recommendations would expand the sprinkling and or watering restrictions during hot and dry conditions and increase the fines for violation of the restrictions.