Water savings on track to meet strategy targets
NEWMARKET - The Regional Municipality of York Water for Tomorrow incentive program has saved a total of 24.2 million litres of water per day since the program began in 1998. A total of 1.8 million litres of water was saved each day in 2011.
In March 2011, York Region submitted its Long-term Water Conservation Plan to the Ministry of the Environment (MOE). The inaugural Long-term Water Conservation Strategy Annual Report, detailing results achieved over the past year, will be submitted to the MOE at the end of March.
“Regional and local municipal staff are working closely to promote water conservation and pursue system improvements that support conservation efforts,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “Water saved through conservation efforts is viewed as a new source of water.”
Finding methods of controlling or eliminating water loss is a key program component of the Long-term Water Conservation Strategy. York Region is conducting water audits to assess current levels of water loss, including leakage within municipal infrastructure. The results of these audits will identify priority areas in the distribution system for leak reduction programs.
“The Long-term Water Conservation Strategy provides York Region with the structure to reduce water demand as our population grows,” said Town of Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora, Chair of the Region’s Environmental Services Committee. “York Region has implemented a number of projects that position the Region as a leader in the area of water conservation.”
Initiatives under the Long-term Water Conservation Strategy include:
• Municipal system leak detection
• Toilet and humidifier rebates
• Industrial and commercial washing machine rebates
• Sustainable development programs
• Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan, including front yard
makeovers promoting water efficient landscapes
York Region will be working on a number of initiatives over the next year to ensure water savings are achieved in the most cost-effective manner. Current programs are being reviewed and evaluated and outreach material will be developed for community groups and new Canadians. Promotion of programs for new developments - Sustainable Home Incentive Program and LEED for highrise will be ongoing.
The Long-term Water Conservation Strategy Annual Report will be available for review after March 31 by visiting www.waterfortomorrow.ca
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