Water is essential to our daily lives. Whenever it is used, there is a potential for water conservation both inside and outside of your home. Sensible water use can reduce the amount of stress that is placed on our resources, both by limiting water withdrawals and by decreasing wastewater distribution.
Snowmelt and rainfall contribute to the water supply across British Columbia, however precipitation is limited in the summer months, when the demand for water increases and the supply available decreases. Water conservation is critical in summer months but year-round water conservation has significant benefits as well.
Conserving water decreases the amount of water that requires treatment, and reduces wear and tear on major resources such as our water and wastewater treatment plants and the distribution systems that deliver water to your home. Using less water can also enable us to become more flexible during times when there is a water shortage.
Kamloops Water Facts
- Kamloops residents' water use triples in the summer
- The tap water in Kamloops is of the highest quality in the world
General Water Facts
- 1,000 L of tap water costs less than $1 in Kamloops; bottled water costs $3-10/L in a store
- A leak of one drop per second can waste 10,000L of water per year
- An average residential swimming pool uses less water than a lawn that is in similar in size to that pool
Conserving Water Benefits
- Decreases operating costs (pumping, treating, distributing, and cleaning)
- Decreases household usage costs
- Decreases household energy bills associated with hot water
- Protects the health of our rivers