Located as we are on the wet West Coast, the Capital Regional District’s water-supply area for Greater Victoria receives a reasonable amount of rainfall, about 1,700 millimetres annually. But it’s a resource we cannot afford to take for granted.
However, the majority of our precipitation occurs from November to April. Our summers — and in recent years, the spring months too — are warm and exceptionally dry, which results in a significant increase in water consumption, primarily due to outdoor uses. Water use in the region is twice as high in the summer, when we rely exclusively on the drawdown of water stored in the Sooke and Goldstream reservoirs from the winter rains.