Pinecrest is in the midst of a serious water crisis, as it loses an estimated $5.5 million annually due to the lack of a reliable supply of water.
The lake sits just north of Vancouver’s city of Burnaby, which is a popular tourist destination.
The city council is planning a $300,000 water conservation program for the lake, and is also looking at ways to save money by using water conservation equipment, such as drones.
The lakes water supply has been cut by a third in the last three years.
In 2017, the lake was at just over 100,000 cubic metres per day.
The water quality in the lake is so bad that it is unsafe for recreational boaters to enter.
The council has launched a $3.5-million water conservation plan to ensure the lake remains safe and secure.
The mayor is also pushing for an emergency declaration for the area.
Vancouver has a long history of water shortages and the city’s population is growing at an alarming rate.
According to city statistics, Vancouver’s population reached 1.1 million in 2020, and by 2031, that number is expected to increase to more than 2.6 million.
But the city is already seeing an uptick in water usage.
According the city, water is used in more than two-thirds of all residential and commercial buildings in the city.
The current city water infrastructure is not sustainable.
“Water is not a luxury,” said Mark Gough, a former director of the city of Vancouver Parks and Recreation.
“It’s a necessity, and we need to get it back to where it was before.”
According to Gough and others, the current water conservation measures have not worked.
“We are seeing a massive increase in water use,” he said.
“The city needs to address this immediately and make sure the lake can be protected.”
The city has launched the Pinescold Lake Water Conservation Action Plan (PLWA), which calls for a $2.7-million investment in water conservation technology and an emergency conservation declaration.
The province is also funding the city with an additional $500,000.
In the next three months, the city will be looking to raise money for the new conservation efforts.
With files from The Canadian Press