Celebrating Canada's Water Week

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There is no doubt water is important – it brings life, health and vitality to every aspect of our lives. Where would people be without water? Well, it makes up more than two-thirds of our bodies, so without water, we wouldn’t be alive!

But humans are not the only ones that rely on water. Every living thing needs it to survive – trees, flowers, plants, and the fruits and vegetables that we eat; and all the furry friends in which we share our ecosystem with. 

To all Ontarians, be grateful for your Greenbelt as it protects many watersheds across the province allowing us to have fresh, clean, and safe water to drink. With a staggering 533,000 acres of lakes, wetlands, and river valleys (and woodlands), the region’s water system removes contaminants from our drinking water, and help provide drainage to prevent flooding.

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In Canada, we tend to take advantage of clean drinking water because we thinkwe have a never-ending supply. But the lack of safe drinking water throughout other parts of the world is a serious issue. In celebrating Canada’s water week (March 19- 25), I am asking you to do your part to decrease your water usage:

 If it’s yellow, let it mellow. Don’t flush if you are only going #1! If it’s brown, flush it down. Toilets are by the far the biggest water guzzlers in your home – standard toilets use up to 20 litres per flush.

  • Don’t leave the tap running while brushing your teeth. As a default, most of us leave the tap running. Did you know that up to 5 litres of water is wasted per minute the tap is left running?
  • Always do a full load of laundry – anything less than a full load is inefficient. Same concept applies to a dishwasher. If you do your dishes by hand, don’t leave the tap running while you lather and scrub. Better yet, try to reuse your dishes – many times dishes don’t need a full wash to be reused.
  • All you shower thinkers - I know, it’s nice to stay in the shower and just let the water fall on you – it’s relaxing but please do your thinking elsewhere! Take shorter showers. Baths and long showers use at least 4 times the amount of water as a 3-5 minute shower.

The average Canadian uses nearly 6,400 litres of water per day – check out how much water it takes to produce the food you eat, clothes you wear and the products you use everyday at www.canadawaterweek.com or discover yourwater footprint and pledge to decrease your water usage.

-- Amy Chan, Project Coordinator

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