The City of Vancouver Engineering Department is consulting with a limited selection of stakeholders regarding reducing drinking water waste and promoting water efficiency.  The proposed amendments to City by-laws would impact plumbing fixtures, appliances, mechanical equipment, irrigation systems and other water uses.  The amendments will be voted by Council in fall 2016.

The amendments would impact new construction or major renovations and will only permit the installation of water closets, urinals, faucets, shower heads, clothes washers, dishwashers and other equipment that meet certain requirements (for example, the most recent version of the EnergyStar product specification).  It would also prohibit the installation of garburators in new construction or major renovations.

This would not impact the sale of products however consumers and businesses would not be able to install products that did not meet the bylaw.  This would have an impact upon sales, returns, installations, customer relationships and potentially upon brand reputations.

It is expected that the City’s Engineering Department will produce by-law amendments to bring the Zero Emissions Building Plan (to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in the City of Vancouver by 2050) that will probably impact the installation of gas appliances, and use of gas barbeques, in early 2017.

For information on either the water efficiency amendments or the Zero Emissions Building Plan, please contact Greg Wilson, Director of Government Relations (B.C.).

Next Steps:

Members are asked to provide RCC with assistance in determining and quantifying both the real and potential impact of the proposals.

RCC will meet with other impacted stakeholders in an effort to provide City Staff and City Council with relevant response to the proposals.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact: Greg Wilson, Director, Government Relations (B.C.) at: gwilson@retailcouncil.org or 604-736-0368.