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Water Management

As noted in YVR’s 2015-2019 Environmental Management Plan, the Airport Authority is committed to reducing potable water use on Sea Island 30 per cent by 2020 (over 2012 levels). Since 2015, we have saved approximately 97,000m3 of potable water as a result of utilizing the rainwater collection system at the Airside Operations Building, limiting use of the heat exchangers at the International Terminal Building from July to September and periodically shutting off select irrigation and water feature systems in the summer.

To further improve potable water use and efficiency, we installed water meters in select public washrooms and are exploring the installation of additional water meters, upgrading our sanitary pump stations to minimize flushing, conducting water audits in tenant spaces and assessing the feasibility of non-potable water for existing systems and future expansions.