It might sound like an April Fool’s Day joke, but it’s not. The City of Vancouver is paying $50,000 to study the rain.
The city is has put out a request for proposals to forecast rainfall amounts and intensities over the next couple hundred years, as part of a $30-million project to replace sewer pipes.
It’s brought Vision Vancouver some rare support from NPA councillors, like Melissa de Genova.
“This is about common sense and something that we have to provide for the residents in our city,” she says. “If we don’t undertake this study, in 50 years we might be on the hook for a lot more money than we expected to spend.”
The city also wants to evaluate the gauges used to measure rainfall and get recommendations for improvements.