• John Jantak

New website tool lets residents track water consumption


Water consumption in the Town of Vaudreuil-Dorion is understandably higher than usual with more people currently working from home but the online tool is a good reminder of the importance of not wasting water, especially during periods of intense heat and long dry spells.

Vaudreuil-Dorion has launched a brand new tool for observing potable water consumption within its territory. Developed in collaboration with Web Locomotive, the tool meant is to make citizens aware of water wastage, especially during periods of intense heat and long dry spells.

While the advent of fall means that water consumption has decreased substantially from the record levels set this summer, residents are still being asked to remain conscientious about their water usage now and throughout the winter.

‘Record water consumption’

“Data collected at our filtration plant this summer revealed record drinking water consumption,” said Vaudreuil-Dorion Director General Olivier Van Neste. “Despite all the awareness messages sent to our population, we observed that the regulations on the outdoor use of drinking water were not respected.

“We therefore came up with the idea of ​​creating a tool where citizens could observe their water consumption themselves in real time. It’s a tool for citizens to see how much water we consume together as a city. It also indicates the level of consumption which ranges from excessive, high, acceptable or normal,” he added.

Updates hourly

Water consumption updates are made once every hour. “All this information is available in real-time at our water filtration plant. The information is transferred onto the widget at our website. As of now it’s almost 13,000 cubic metres which is acceptable but it’s still high for a city our size. If you check the widget at night it’ll go below 10,000 cubic meters,” said Van Neste.

He added that the coronavirus outbreak also contributed to the upsurge in water usage this year because many people either stayed or worked from home and decided to upgrade their lawns and gardens.

“It was a dry summer and people did a lot of gardening. In general, the amount of water consumed was problematic. There’s still some watering going on for sure. We see an increase at night that indicates people are watering. There’s more people at home now since the beginning of the pandemic,” said Van Neste.

Watering ban

Citizens are encouraged to check the widget regularly so they can see for themselves how water consumption is low during the winter, but slowly begins to increase during spring until it reaches peak demand in the summer. The unprecedented demand for water this year forced the city to impose a complete watering ban.

“We want our citizens to see the amount of consumption we have over the winter and compare it to next summer. There were many times when we set records for water consumption this year. We tested our new water plant pressure. It has never been tested like this over the past few years. This is why we imposed watering restrictions and a complete ban,” said Van Neste.

The water consumption widget is available on the city’s website home page at www.ville.vaudreuil-dorion.qc.ca/en.

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