Water demands could outstrip supply 

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There is a gap between Whistler's current water supply and its potential maximum demand, council learned this week.

The revelation was part of a report that came before council from James Hallisey, municipal manager of environmental projects.

In his report he stated: "The Whistler Village water zone, generally the area from Creekside to Nesters, has sufficient water supply when 21 Mile Creek water is available, but has a deficiency at maximum day demand if 21 Mile Creek cannot be used. There is a small chance of 21 Mile Creek not being available during maximum day demand, and there is approximately five hours of storage in the Village water zone reservoirs, but further water conservation programs or infrastructure development will be required to close the gap..."

He outlined a list of 17 options — 12 were conservation options and five were water supply infrastructure projects.

They include: completion of water leakage reductions programs, upgrading community wells, better enforcement of the water use bylaws and developing a second 21 Mile Creek aquifer well.

Hallisey stressed he was not looking for budget approvals. The programs and water supply projects have been evaluated on the basis of cost effectiveness and will move ahead if required to ensure a reliable water supply.

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