In an effort to increase water conservation efforts in the area, reports say the city is considering mandating all new homes in the city include water meters to measure residents water usage.
A proposal which will be made to the city council this week would mandate new homes, or existing homes under renovation, have a water meter installed. Vancouver residents currently pay a flat fee of $467 for single-family homes. Those with meters who use less water would have smaller bills.
"We use a lot more water than most other places in the world and there will be a day of reckoning around that. The current sources we have will become inadequate and we will have to spend a ton of money to raise the dams or find other sources of water," city engineer Peter Judd told the Vancouver Sun. "It makes no sense anymore pouring that amount of treated, high-quality drinking water down drains and onto lawns."
The paper says the city currently has a goal to reduce overall water consumption by a third from 2006 levels over the next nine years.
CBC News reports a 2007 report found the average Vancouver resident used 295 litres of water per day – the fourth-highest rate in Canada and double that of many cities in Europe.