The great news is that Point Roberts has great sustainability credibility with regards to best practices around water.
We are leading the way in our area because we have individual water meters for each residential or commercial building and tracking usage is listed as one of the best practices in managing water resources. Water meters track household water use and help detect leaks, develop fair rate structures, and promote smart water use. They allow cities to identify consumption habits by different social groups. Municipalities that install water meters tend to consume much less water and can develop policies based on accurate data.
Here, the Point Roberts Water District measures water use. If you are going over your monthly water allocation, it’s worth consulting them for tips on checking if you have a leak or if you can use some tips for reducing your water consumption.
An interesting article on water metering from the University of British Columbia:
Bottled Water vs Tap Water
Bottled water has become increasingly popular over the past 10 years – and is growing in popularity each year. The impact of bottled water is startlingly bad in an area like the Pacific North West where we have world class tap water. It’s not just about the high cost, the resources to package and ship, or the bottles not being recycled (only about 9% of bottles are recycled in the US) – it’s also about the water it takes to make a bottle (3 litres per bottle before water is in the bottle!).
Bottled water comes with a cost – both for consumers and for the environment. A lot of the bottled water comes directly from traditional water springs or even local tap water. In many communities, piping water out of the ground takes good ground water away from people, animal and places in our communities in exchange for corporate profit.
The local Nestlé Water source here is Hope, BC. Nestlé pays $2.25 cents per million litres of water they take from the reserve and they bottle approx. 265 million litres per year.
A simple change that makes a big difference is thinking about using tap water when you can and bringing your own water bottle when you travel or go to events.
Note: Tap water must follow strict health criteria and testing in both Canada and the US.