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In the aftermath of a deadly heat wave that has overwhelmed emergency services and appears to have claimed scores of lives, Metro Vancouver has another dire warning: Conserve water before it’s quickly depleted.
On Sunday, June 27, water consumption hit near-record levels after residents cranked open taps and hoses to release 1.79 billion litres from local reservoirs. That’s just shy of the all-time daily record of nearly two billion litres set in 2009.
“It’s unprecedented to see such high water demand so early in the summer,” says Malcolm Brodie, chair of Metro Vancouver’s water committee, in a written statement.
The regional body is calling on residents to curb plans to water lawns and wash cars during the heat wave so that there is enough drinking water for the rest of the summer season. …