Council discusses water conservation 

With Phase 3 of Squamish's Water Conservation Strategy in effect, council spent an hour of this week's strategy session discussing different conservation strategies, the result of a motion passed by Councillor Patricia Heintzman in July.

"Certainly, the most fertile ground in water conservation is metering," said Community Services Director Mick Gottardi.

Currently, the district requires all new multi-family developments to include water meters. Heintzman hopes to see old housing stock similarly treated. Further, she would like the district to require low flush toilets be installed in residences, as well.

"A point we want to make is that it's not just an environmental issue. It's an infrastructural issue in terms of costs to the district," she said.

Relevant changes are expected to the B.C. Building Code come September, according to Gottardi.

"When we see the specifics," he continued, "we can look and see what, if anything, we would like to add."

Any new strategy would require public consultation, added Gottardi.

Councillor Raj Kahlon said he would not support any motion to borrow for the installment of fixtures. "To me, it's the simplest thing in the world. Gas prices go up, consumption goes down. Put the meters there and set the rates."

Councillor Jeff McKenzie called on Gottardi to determine the biggest consumer of water in district boundaries and quantify the associated bill.

Further discussion is scheduled for September.

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