Introduce water conservation rebates to encourage purchase of water-saving fixtures and appliances
The City could introduce water conservation rebates to encourage the purchase of appliances and fixtures that use innovative water-saving technology. High efficiency toilets and fixtures, rain sensors, rainwater harvesting, water efficient appliances among other initiatives are proven to reduce water consumption.
Water efficient rebate programs would be targeted towards homes and businesses built before 1995 when the City Plumbing Code began to mandate high efficiency fixtures. Since this time, the City Plumbing Code has required low flow toilets, showerheads, and aerating faucets in all new construction. The industry standard for new toilet installations is now to use six litres of water or less per flush and most appliance stores now feature high efficiency washing machines.
Conservation incentive programs could be subsidized by increased water rates.
Included in the Draft Greenest City Action Plan.
This is something that's very do-able for municipalities and many in the Lower Mainland do offer rebates such as $50 back for buying a low flow toilet. The City of Vancouver, however, does not, despite it's goal of being the greenest city in the world. North Vcr, Coquitlam, PoCo, District of North Van, West Vancouver all offer a rebate incentive. Get with the program City of Vancouver.
Janine Brossard commented
Great idea COV. @ Thea - my understanding is that dishwashers are more efficient in energy and water conservation than the traditional way of washing dishes
Wendy - while I appreciate the goal of consuming less..... we have a City full of old housing stock that is wasting energy and water. How can we make the city greener if we don't upgrade anything in these buildings?
Many of these suggestions require I consume more i.e. new water sparing appliances, a water meter. All suggestions must meet the first step in changing the world consume less.
Thea Hollett commented
Ban dishwashers, dryers, private swimming pools, sprinkler systems, car washes, cars and other lifestyle toys that have no value in a sustainable environment. A city and its inhabitants that continue to behave contrary to the needs of nature to keep us alive is not sustainable and need reworking completely to remain on the Earth! A cell that is growing out of control and contrary to the needs of the host is considered a virus or cancerous growth that is not wanted or encouraged by the 'host'.
Pradeep K.Verma MBBS commented
Experience in both the poorest nations and the rich nations shows that there is no real means available to policy makers to control water waste by humans. It is as insoluble a problem as oil is in water. No rebate or penalty system has been effective in solving the water shortage problem. The only hope if through educating people on the compassionate use of water and to lovingly share it with others. That is the ONLY hope for us. Rest all is waste of time.