Water strategy working

City of Surrey – The Editor, Re: “Developer-friendly mayor must assure us about water,” the Now letters, July 16.

The population growth in Surrey is part of the region’s growth strategy. Metro Vancouver is expected to grow by 35,000 people per year for the next few decades, which will place demand on its water infrastructure.

In order to provide adequate water supply to meet the population growth, Metro Vancouver, in conjunction with its member municipalities, has developed the Drinking Water Management Plan (DWMP). The DWMP envisions that the region has sufficient water from its current water sources until at least mid-century and there are plans to expand its water sources to meet the demand beyond 2100.

The water conservation efforts by the residents of the region has significantly reduced the water consumption per capita. Specifically, the water consumption of Surrey residents has decreased significantly over the past 10 years, despite the population growth.

Jeff Arason

City of Surrey

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