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Water Supply/Planning

In order to meet the needs of present and future populations and ensure that ecosystems are protected, DRBC understands that water resources must be properly managed, efficiently utilized and responsibly conserved.

The DRBC employs a comprehensive water conservation program, which has become an integral component of its broader strategy to manage water supplies throughout the Basin. 

A core principle of this program is that water efficiency should be practiced at all times. Reducing water use not only provides significant economic and environmental benefits, but can help avoid or delay the imposition of drought declarations.

Key components of DRBC's water supply planning and water conservation programs include the following:

  • Basin Water Use - Staff look at water use in the Basin as part of its water supply planning efforts. Key sector trend analyses are performed to ensure that there is ample flow and supply to meet current and future demand, as well as during extreme conditions (for example, drought).
  • Water Conservation Program - Over the years, the DRBC has passed numerous resolutions focused on water efficiency.

  • Water Audit Program - Reflecting the latest thinking in the field of water conservation, DRBC requires water purveyors to identify and control water loss in their systems.

  • Water Charging Program - DRBC charges certain entities for the amount of water they use to help support water supply storage in the Basin.

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