Quoting from the Vancouver Sun in part:
Water use in the City of North Vancouver has been trending upward over much of the past decade — both in total water consumed (up 16.6 per cent) and in water use per capita (up 3.9 per cent), which includes residential and industrial use — while the population increased 18 per cent.
“The City of North Vancouver has bucked the trend and it’s not clear to me why,” said City of North Vancouver mayor Darrell Mussatto. “We aren’t building any single family homes.”
About 80 per cent of its residents live in multi-family dwellings, so the city has fewer lawns to water than most of its neighbours.
However, industrial and waterfront development has been strong and could be fuelling the increase in water consumption, said Mussatto, chair of Metro Vancouver’s utilities committee.
“I think we need to do some more work to find out who is using what and target those users,” he said.
Comment from Voices: If population has increased 18% since 2004- water use increase of 16% is not due to waterfront development – development of the waterfront has not yet started. Is the next stage of water restriction imminent?
Update: We are reminded that the largest water user is Neptune and with expansion and evaporation water use would be increased this year.