Water Week – Know The Flow
Prince George, B.C. – This is water week in B.C. and the City of Prince George wants you to learn more about its water distribution system.
The City has over 550 thousand meters of water distribution pipes along with ten pump stations, 15 reservoirs and six wells.
The system delivers , on average, 189 thousand litres of water a day, drawn from aquifers, to residents and businesses in the City. The daily use for all customers is 655.8 litres per person per day, an amount that is well above provincial and national daily water use averages.
Below, a 2009 graph showing Prince George’s per capita daily usage was lower than it is now. graph courtesy City of Prince George
The City has prepared a water conservation plan which it hopes will reduce average daily residential water use from 588 litres per day to 470 litres per day by 2025. ( click here to access full report).
There are also year round water restrictions. For most areas of the City, sprinkling is only allowed by even numbered properties on even numbered days, and odd numbered properties are clear to sprinkle on odd numbered days. Generally, there is to be no sprinkling between noon and 5 pm, except in the Western Acres area of the City which are not to sprinkle between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. That region includes properties abutting: Cinch Loop, Hartman Road, Cantle Drive, Corral Road, and Western Road, and the frontage road north of Highway 16 West, from the 8100 block of Highway 16 West to the City’s western boundary.
While there is a fine for violating water sprinkling rules, ($50.00) the report presented to the City last summer indicated not one fine has ever been issued.
To help residents learn more about the water distribution system and conservation efforts ( including a volunteer metering program) an open house will take place from 1-5 today at one of the City’s water booster stations located at 2933 Andres Road. “One of the many attractive aspects of Prince George is the high quality of our water,” says City Environmental Assistant, Andrea Byrne. “We are hoping interested residents will join us on to learn more about the first-rate aquifers that produce our water and the infrastructure that gets it to your tap.”