Research and Development
While there is a plentiful supply of potable water in the region, we are cognizant of climate change and the potential for increased periods of drought. YVR’s water conservation planning is key to tackling this issue; it’s an important part of our risk management system and provides the framework for ensuring we prioritize and ultimately conserve water.
In 2016 the Airport Authority contracted a local environmental engineering firm to conduct a Sea Island Water Conservation Study, which sought to review the historical and current volumes of potable water consumed on Sea Island and to identify long-term strategies to reduce potable water use based on forecast water demands. The study, which used metered water use and bottom-up estimates to calculate total volumes, concluded that YVR will need to implement a significant combination of water conservation measures—such as washroom retrofits, water audits, water fixture rebates and the implementation of non-potable water systems—to reach its 2020 target.
YVR collects rainwater from the rooftop of its new Airside Operations Building and currently uses this water for non-potable uses. We are closely monitoring this system, which we estimate saves approximately 620 m3 of potable water per year. We plan to include this feature in future buildings including YVR’s new Parkade and we anticipate it will have a significant positive impact on our water use.