Metro Vancouver crews helicopter into the remote watershed to evaluate the volume of stored water in the snowpack. Early May was looking good, but after several hotter than typical weeks, summer water supply dropped dramatically.
The opening of the Barnston Maple Ridge Pump Station marks the completion of a major piece of infrastructure that is now providing drinking water to growing municipalities.
Construction on the Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel is nearing completion. In late June the tunnel boring for the project was completed, and the tunnel boring machine extracted from the access shaft on the north side of the Fraser River. Now crews are installing the steel pipe which will line the one kilometer long tunnel. When completed, the water main will more than double the current water supply capacity of the existing main and service the growing Metro Vancouver communities south of the Fraser. Tim Langmaid, the project manager for Hatch Mott MacDonald took us underground, for an up-close look at the final stages of the work.
It’s customary to get a glass of water when you dine out, whether you plan on drinking it or not. But this summer, the absence of the obligatory H2O may be a sign that the restaurant you are eating at is simply doing its part to conserve water.
When Stage 3 water restrictions were implemented on July 20, washing of vehicles was one of the activities that went from restricted to prohibited, unless it’s done at a commercial car wash. Under Stage 3 rules, only windows, lights, and license plates can be washed, in the interests of safety. For some, any excuse not to wash the car is a good thing. For car dealers it’s not quite that simple.
Hot. Dry. Sunny. That’s been the weather forecast for much of the spring and summer of 2015. Long dry stretches, coupled with a lack of snowfall last winter, leave our region facing a water shortage. Residents of Metro Vancouver can play a vital role in managing the water we have. With a few simple steps around homes and yards, impacts are kept to a minimum.
Due to unseasonably dry and hot weather, Metro Vancouver has further restricted water use, including lawn sprinkling regulations. The Metro Vancouver region is now in the second stage of the comprehensive four-stage plan that has the necessary measures to deal with water shortages. Here’s how Stage Two impacts residents and businesses.
After more than ten years of underground and surface construction, Twin Tunnels beneath Grouse Mountain and Mount Fromme on the North Shore are now commissioned, marking the completion of the $820-million Seymour-Capilano Filtration Project. Watch the video to witness some of the notable events and construction milestones for this massive project.
What does our water system look like twenty-five years from now? That’s the big picture under discussion at WaterCity, as citizens imagine water’s role in the region in the future. Community events like this give a voice to individuals and foster dialogue, but how do cities best use this information to plan?
In this episode, see the special event commemorating a $2.8 million bequest from a parks enthusiast, join high school students learning about eco-friendly employment opportunities, and discover how a firehall in Maple Ridge attained LEED gold certification.