BC Water & Waste Association aims to build awareness with Drinking Water
Week May 20-26
VANCOUVER, May 16, 2013 /CNW/ - The people who keep your water clean and
safe—BC Water & Waste Association — together with the Province of BC
and numerous municipalities, have proclaimed May 20-26, 2013 as
Drinking Water Week in British Columbia.
"Drinking Water Week is a time to celebrate and value our water as a
vital and finite resource we need to conserve and protect," says Daisy
Foster, CEO of the 4,700-member BC Water & Waste Association. "We hope
people will learn more about their water, including where it comes
from, where it goes, and the people and processes behind it, as well as
what they can do to protect it." she adds.
"People may think we have an endless supply of water here in BC and that
their actions don't really make a difference but that is simply not the
case," says Foster. "Increases to our population, the growth of
industry and agriculture and the effects of climate change all place
enormous pressure on our water supply."
She notes, "Aging infrastructure and new regulatory requirements mean
many communities will need to upgrade or replace systems such as
treatment facilities and pipes. Yet 86% of British Columbians do not
see a need for major investment now.* Through activities such as
Drinking Water Week and our Community Water Challenge contest, we aim
to build understanding and acceptance of the need for such investment,
and to educate people about how changing their water habits can have a
Foster says British Columbians are making strides in reducing water
consumption, but still have a way to go. "The average BC resident uses
about 353 litres of water per day, down from 429 litres in previous
years, but that is still more than the Canadian average of 274 litres."
She adds, "Most BC residents think they use 200 litres or less per
"It is surprising what difference simple changes can make," says Foster.
"For example, reducing your shower time to 5 minutes or less as well as
installing a new water efficient showerhead adds up to big water
savings. New showerheads use 5 litres per minute, whereas old ones use
up to 14 litres per minute. And using a spray nozzle on your hose along
with a bucket and sponge saves a lot of water when washing your car. A
running hose can waste 400 litres in a single car wash! The Community
Water Challenge pledges, which can be taken easily online, are a fun
and easy way for people to make such changes."
Water consumption can go up by as much as 50% in the summer months.
Avoiding or reducing lawn watering, or replacing lawns with shrubs and
plants can greatly reduce water use. "Driveways consisting of surfaces
such as gravel or interlocking stones instead of paved surfaces are
best for our water supply systems because they allow rainwater and
melted snow to seep slowly into the ground. But even knowing this, 55%
of British Columbians are reluctant to change their driveways to an
unpaved surface," Foster notes. *
BC Water & Waste Association encourages people to go online and take the
Community Water Challenge and select one or all five simple water wise
pledges, and to celebrate Drinking Water Week by attending a water
treatment plant tour or other community event. The pledges, educational
resources such as kids' activities and a listing of community events
can all be found at www.drinkingwaterweek.org
* RBC 2013 Canadian Water Attitudes Study.
Facts about our water:
26% of BC residents have no idea where the water that flows out of their
taps comes from.*
BC residents use an average of 353 litres of water per day, most think
they use less than 200 litres. The average Canadian uses 274 litres per
Only 27% of British Columbians say they don't use their toilet as a
convenient garbage bin. Hair, food and dead pests are the most common
items being flushed.*
Only four in 10 Canadians make the connection between water and
electricity, understanding that it requires energy to treat and pump
* RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study, ** Ministry of the Environment,
BC Water & Waste Association (BCWWA) is a 4,700 member not-for-profit association with a mission to safeguard
public health and the environment in water matters by sharing skills,
knowledge, education and experience regarding water and wastewater.
For more information about Drinking Water Week or the Community Water
Challenge, and to find out about events in your area, please visit www.drinkingwaterweek.org.
SOURCE: BC Water and Waste Association
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