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Update and continue to implement the Water Efficiency Master Plan


Final update (September 2014)
The Water Efficiency Master Plan 2015 - 2025 was approved by Council on June 4, 2014 following a public consultation.  The goal of the Plan is to continue to deliver existing and proposed new programs with approximately the same annual budget as current programs.  Targets include the following: defer a Great Lakes pipeline indefinitely; decrease residential per capita water use from 202 to 165 litres per day; reduce cumulative drinking water usage by 1,370 million litres per year; and avoid the release of a cumulative 7,700 tonnes of greenhouse gases.

Water conservation and efficiency efforts are working; between 2000 and 2013 water consumption decreased by 9% while the service population increased 26%. This has allowed the Region to defer (perhaps indefinitely) the need for a water supply pipeline. 

Progress Update (September 2013)

Five technical memorandums have been completed and stakeholders have been consulted regarding short-listed water efficiency program options.  A draft Water Efficiency Master Plan with goals and targets will be released for public comment by year end, 2013.  The revised and final Water Efficiency Master Plan, 2015 - 2025 is expected to be approved by Council in June 2014 as scheduled.

Progress Update (January 2013)

A Water Efficiency Master Plan (WEMP) update project scoping memorandum has been written for review by senior staff.  The memorandum serves as the outline for a project report that will go to the Water Efficiency Advisory Committee and Planning and Works. 

Topics in the memorandum include the following:

  • Steering Committee
  • Project Team
  • WEMP Update Deliverables
  • Project Timing
  • Budget Estimate
  • Next Steps

Progress Indicators

  • Development and implementation of Efficiency Master Plan


greenindicator   Strong progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (PDF)
yellowindicator   Moderate progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (RTF)
redindicator   Progress needed   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (Flash)