Addressing Canada's water crises one rain drop at a time



    KING, ON, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - Heeding the call by environmentalists to take
a pro-active approach to Canada's rapidly declining fresh water supply; The
Country Day School (CDS) seized the opportunity to create a water
sustainability program through the redevelopment of several of its playing
fields. This eco-friendly facility renewal project is all the more important,
since the school is located on the Oak Ridges Moraine ecosystem. "The days of
communities ignoring their environmental impact on the world have passed,"
said Paul Duckett, Headmaster of The Country Day School. "We must address the
fact that fresh water is an endangered natural resource that must be
replenished and protected whenever possible. Our future depends on it."
    As part of a greater greening program at the independent school located
in King, the newly implemented water management system is designed to capture
grey water in a 50,000 liter tank located on the property. This installation
is the first in a series of tanks to be installed. The captured rainwater
water will be used to irrigate the schools playing fields and surrounding
landscape, while the overflow will feed its neighbouring wetlands.
    The school installed the lead-free Polytan, synthetic turf system
complete with tank to one of its playing fields in an effort to both give
students year-round access to field play and to reduce some of the
environmental impact associated with natural grass. This new field has no
requirement for herbicides thereby avoiding the contamination of groundwater.
Field maintenance is also drastically reduced, and its longer life span,
coupled with its immediate readiness for play after a heavy rainfall, mean no
down time or need for recovery from overuse. Plans are currently underway to
install additional synthetic turf fields and sustainability tanks.

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