The Resort Municipality of Whistler is marking B.C.’s Drinking Water Week from Monday (May 20) to Sunday (May 26) by hosting several events to help locals learn more about their drinking water and what they can do to preserve it.
“The Resort Municipality of Whistler’s water services delivers excellent drinking water, but to do so the water system needs constant monitoring and maintenance,” said Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden in a release. “By conserving water and protecting our finite sources, Whistler residents and visitors can help manage operational costs, save tax dollars, and limit our community’s environmental impact.”
Starting on Monday (May 13) and running until May 26, the municipality is holding its Drinking Water Week Contest. Participants can view the RMOW’s Water Week video at www.whistler.ca/water before answering questions for a chance to win several prizes, including a rafting trip, a tour of the River of Golden Dreams and paddle board rentals.
On Wednesday (May 22), the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre will screen Last Call at the Oasis, a documentary examining the global water crisis featuring activist Erin Brockovich. The screening begins at 7 p.m.
Also on Wednesday, local Grade 8 students can learn about their community’s water on a drinking water tour that will take them from 21 Mile Creek to the RMOW’s wastewater treatment plant. Grade 9 students will take the same tour the following week.
Municipal staff recommends that residents do their part to conserve Whistler’s water supply by using no more than 25 mm of water each week on their lawns, avoid throwing expired medication down the toilet and never put fats, oils or grease down drains to prevent clogging.
The RMOW maintains 100 km of water and wastewater pipe in the community. Numerous wells and both Blackcomb and Rainbow Glaciers supply Whistler’s drinking water.