Province of BC and BC Water & Waste Association raise a glass to Drinking Water Week, May 1-7, 2011

VICTORIA, May 4 /CNW/ - At the May 3rd sitting of the B.C. legislature, members of the legislative assembly raised their glasses and toasted Drinking Water Week with B.C. tap water.

John Slater MLA for Boundary-Similkameen proposed the toast.

In attendance were BC Water & Waste Association CEO Daisy Foster and board member Jim Mattison.

"Drinking Water Week is a time to celebrate and value our water as a vital and finite resource," said Foster, CEO of the 4,400 member BC Water & Waste Association, which together with the Province of BC has proclaimed May 1-7 Drinking Water Week.

"Some people think we have lots of water in B.C. and there's no need to conserve it, but they couldn't be more wrong," says Foster. "There is no new water. The water we use continually cycles through the environment and is reused again and again. Increases in our population, the growth of industry and agriculture and the effects of climate change all place enormous pressure on our water supply."

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