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Water conservation during the 2023 island drought.

Water Conservation: A Shared Responsibility // Every Drop Counts

UPDATED: Friday, August 4th, 2023

Vancouver Island as a whole moved to a level 5 drought as of July 2, 2023, which is the highest on B.C.'s drought scale, prompting provincial officials to urge all people to conserve water. The drought scale runs from 0, meaning there is enough water to meet all needs, to 5, meaning adverse impacts are inevitable.

Mount Washington is not immune to these conditions and is also in a stage 5 drought. While Mount Washington is not currently implementing restrictions, we are asking residents, visitors, and all staff to do their part in reducing any activities that require water use and to manage use accordingly. We urgently need everyone to be aware that our water supply is finite and needs to be conserved for emergency use when demand is required.

One of the three primary water sources that Mount Washington uses as potable water has currently stopped producing. While this happens typically in the summer each year, this season's early drought has brought this about much sooner than usual. The remaining two water sources continue to produce an adequate supply, as expected for this time of year.

Simple steps that everyone can take include: taking shorter showers, not washing our vehicles, not watering lawns more than necessary, only running washing machines or dishwashers when they're full, turning off the tap when you brush your teeth or shave. If everyone makes a few small changes to how we use water, it can have a profound impact. See a full list below.

We would like to thank you in advance for your help and attention on this serious matter. Please stay updated as the situation progresses and do your best to reduce water consumption.

Thank you,

Utilities Department

Mount Washington Alpine Resort


What can you do to help?

  • Take shorter showers, avoid baths, and don't run taps while brushing your teeth or washing dishes.
  • Only run your dishwasher when you have a full load. Dishwashers use large volumes of water, about 60 litres of water per load. If washing dishes by hand, do not wash or rinse with running water. Use tubs or plug the sink.
  • Bring a water supply with you and refrain from drinking tap water.
  • Only run washing machines with full loads or on eco mode. Washing machines use anywhere between 100-200 litres of water per load. Better yet, if you are able to do your laundry elsewhere off-mountain.
  • Reduce the number of times you flush your toilet with multiple uses before flushing. Unnecessary flushing of the toilet even once a day can waste up to 1,000 litres of water per year (please repair/shut off any toilets that have constant running water)
  • Inform any visitors you may have arriving to do the same and conserve water usage however possible throughout their stay.
  • Recycle unused water. While waiting for hot water to flow when preparing for a shower, catch the cool water in a bucket. This water can be used later for plants, pets or cleaning. Refrain from filling or topping up hot tubs or pools. If these are required for your rentals please have them filled from providers from town (eg. H2O to go or Lyster Ventures).
  • Report anything that could be identified as a potential water leak in the village
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Operational Updates: Daily Dispatch

Our team works hard to keep you informed on status updates from around the resort including lift delays, weather events, road interruptions and more details you need to know. Find Daily Dispatch updates on our Mount Washington Mobile App or webpage.

Every Drop Counts, Thank You.

We greatly appreciate everyone's cooperation in reducing water consumption throughout their time at Mt. Washington. Thank you for doing your part and sharing this information with your friends and family who may also visit the mountain. Water is our most precious resource and our community shares the responsibility of preserving it during this time of scarcity and drought. Every drop counts.


Mount Washington Alpine Resort recognizes the deep history and cultural significance of the lands where we recreate. We are grateful to work and play within the unceded traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation in the mountains of the Pentlatch, E'iksan, Sahtloot and Sasitla peoples.

A peace dance in the mountains was shared in the summer of 2020 by the Kumugwe Cultural Society. Through sharing the songs and dances of the K’omoks and Kwakwaka’wakw peoples, the Kumugwe Dancers are able to help facilitate respect and understanding within the local community and communities abroad. Watch the video now.
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A Safe Place For Everyone:

Mount Washington has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination.

Here at Mount Washington Alpine Resort, we aim to provide a friendly, safe and inclusive environment for all. Everybody deserves to feel welcome while enjoying outdoor recreation and all the experiences that come along with our mountain culture, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, or other diverse backgrounds. 

The mountains don't discriminate, and neither do we. If you are a victim or witness to harassment, bullying, discrimination or intolerance of any kind, please inform a member of our staff immediately.
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How old does my child need to be in order to ride the lifts?

Tots 3+ are permitted to Ride the Eagle chairlift Scenic Chairlift ride provided the child must be able to aid in self-rescue in the unlikely event of an emergency.

Children 6+ are permitted to Ride in the Bike Park provided the child must be able to aid in self-rescue in the unlikely event of an emergency as well as being a competent rider, and having a bike that meets all our requirements.


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