Water consumption in Fort St. John dropped this summer compared to last

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The City of Fort St. John says that water use dropped significantly in July and August this year.

According to the city, water consumption dropped 1.7% over last year, but water consumption dropped 14.4% in August.

With the second highest growth rate in the province – at 4.7% last year – they say it is particularly significant that water use went on the decline.

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“Citizens in our community are very aware of our natural resources and the responsibility that comes with it,” said Lori Ackerman. “It is no surprise that they do not need to have restrictions imposed on them to conserve water.”

Julie Rogers with the City of Fort St. John wrote in a press release that there are two things from the summer that she feels could have attributed to the drop.

The City hosted Water Wise Wednesday, which utilized social media to discuss water conservation tips, and Rogers says the drought down south brought the importance of water conservation to people’s minds.

In 2006, the city began metering residential water use, and also launched a toilet rebate program – resulting in 3,500 toilets exchanged for low-flow options.

That is the same year water use dropped significantly – and has remained at that lower level in spite of population increases.

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