Canada has an enviable supply of fresh water. It’s something Canadians are proud of. Unfortunately, it’s also something Canadians take for granted. According to a report by Environment Canada, the perception that we have an unending supply of clean, fresh water is causing us to be rather wasteful when it comes to using our most precious resource. In fact, the report says the average household and business could easily scale back on water usage by 40 percent.
Encouraging members of your community to conserve more water is not only good for the environment—it’s good for government budgets. After all, if citizens are using more and more water, that increased demand puts additional stress on infrastructure, such as water treatment plants and water mains.
Clearly, there’s a strong case for conservation. Keep reading for simple tips the entire community can use in an effort to save on water consumption.
The three R’s of water conservation
Many Canadian municipalities are starting to introduce “demand management” tactics to promote water efficiency. One of the key pillars of demand management is public education. We’ve all heard of the four R’s of sustainability—reduce, reuse, recycle and recover. Similarly, there are three R’s of water preservation. Share these with your community and agency staff alike.
Remember, there’s plenty we can do to help our community use water more wisely. Promote the three R’s and watch the savings pour in.
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