The City of Nanaimo wants to reduce water usage by ten per cent every ten years through a new Water Conservation Strategy.
Water Manager Bill Sims says it’s a realistic goal, especially given the results of a 2012 water audit.
It found the total daily water usage in Nanaimo amounts to about 500 litres per person, and it’s trending downward.
The 5-point plan adopted Monday night will cost 457-thousand dollars to put into practice, including 125-thousand for a watershed forecasting model to help manage water storage at the Jump Creek Reservoir.
Sims says that could pay big dividends, especially if it buys the City more time before having to seek out new sources of fresh water.
Another part of the project is plugging leaks. The current rate of leakage is about about ten per cent, Sims calls that “extremely low”, but he says with new technologies available to find leaks they can get it lower