Benefits of Water Conservation

  • Lower water and energy bills by reducing your metered usage.
  • Reduced environmental impact by deferring the need to supply water from new sources and by reducing the energy and materials required to treat and deliver water.
  • Delay in building new water infrastructure that would be necessary to provide increased capacity if demand continues to rise.
  • Release of reservoir water to enhance fish habitat in the Sooke River, Charters River and Goldstream River.
  • Buffers against the unknown: With the effects of climate change, shorter, more intense rain events and longer dry spells in the summer months are expected. Having as much water storage in the reservoir as possible provides the assurance there will be a sufficient quantity of drinking water for the year and provides the flexibility to deal with drought and forest fires.
  • Enhanced drinking water quality by maintaining higher water levels in our primary drinking water supply, the Sooke Lake Reservoir.
The capital region enjoys some of the highest quality drinking water in the world at a reasonable cost. Maintaining this critical resource requires each of us to make water wise choices each and every day.

Water Wise Indoors

As the winter rains replenish our reservoir, it is important to put into practice water wise behaviours for the whole year. This helps make sure we have enough drinking water in a changing climate with longer summer droughts.

Practice these water wise habits:

Learn more ways to save water indoors here!


Determine your personal water use with this water calculator

Check out where water is used inside the home (PDF).

Learn more with these water conservation resources.