UBC is a leader in water conservation, achieving a 50% reduction in absolute water use since 2000 despite continued growth of the campus.

At UBC we enjoy a relative abundance of water due to a large amount of rainfall. However, with seasonal rainfall patterns and limited storage in reservoirs, there are periods when water reservoir levels run low and water use must be restricted.

In this Section:

Water Action Plan

The new Water Action Plan builds on our achievements to date and will guide our water management activities in the future.

Stormwater Management

At UBC, we consider stormwater a resource to be managed – not wasted. Vancouver’s climate is rainy, with approximately five billion litres of rain falling on the UBC campus annually. Instead of flushing this water away through underground storm sewers, we use it as a resource to enhance our campus.