Ucluelet Water Update - July 18, 2023
British Columbia, and more specifically our west coast region, is currently experiencing unprecedented drought conditions. We have had significantly less rainfall in the region compared to previous years, which we rely on for the replenishment of our aquifer.
Water levels in the Ucluelet aquifer are stable and District staff will continue to monitor the levels closely. Although Ucluelet’s water supply remains steady, it is important for all residents and businesses to practice mindful water usage and conserve water where possible.
If drought conditions continue, we can expect water use restrictions to be implemented in Ucluelet to protect our supply. Small daily changes in water use habits can make a significant impact and help to avoid potential restrictions. As we know, the effects of drought conditions are time-delayed, so doing our part to conserve water now will have a lasting impact for the future – every drop counts.
The provincial government has provided some resources around water conservation:
Indoor water conservation tips
- Take shorter showers
- Fill the sink instead of letting the water run freely when washing dishes
- Keep a jug of cool water in the fridge instead of running the tap
- Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or shaving
- Regularly check your home for leaks. Undetected leaks in your home can waste many liters of water each year
- Run full loads of laundry and full loads in the dishwasher
Outdoor water conservation tips
- Water lawns sparingly, if at all
- If permitted - water in the morning or evening to reduce evaporation
- Clean the driveway with a broom instead of a hose
- Check for leaks in outdoor pipes, faucets, and hoses
- Plant drought tolerant vegetation
- Collect rainwater for outdoor plant use
- Use a water-saving pool filter if you have a swimming pool
More conservation tips/ information on British Columbia’s drought response can be found here:
B.C.'s response to drought conditions - Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)
Thank you to the Ucluelet community for your participation in water conservation and preservation.