“The lessons learned by Basin communities are relevant to any community trying to reduce peak demand driven by irrigation. To measurably reduce irrigation demand through residential water conservation outreach, you need a strong tool kit that includes good data and great personalities who are meeting people right at their homes and places of work,” said Neal Klassen.
“Water use reporting is more than simply meeting regulations. The more often we report, the more accurate our data is, and the more responsive we can be to shortages. The vision of the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) is to have a fully-integrated water system, meeting the needs of residents and agriculture while supporting wildlife and natural areas,” states Anna Warwick Sears
“In just two years of program implementation, 23 Water Smart communities have reduced community water demand by an average of 12 per cent, with some achieving savings of more than 30 per cent. How? By focusing their conservation activities where the potential savings are biggest: reducing leakage in the distribution system,” reports Meredith Hamstead.
BLUE CITY: New Report Highlights Innovative Water Solutions for Municipalities and Regions across Canada
“We wanted Blue City to be an accessible report, grounded in rigorous research and analysis but presented in the style of a magazine. The report focuses on real measures and solutions of urban water issues that exist today. This is a very tangible report on a common vision and shared innovations,” states Kirk Stinchcombe.
“From leaky pipes to sewage overflows, our country’s water infrastructure is in dire need of upgrades. Our outdated infrastructure cannot keep pace with changing demand for water and wastewater treatment, growing population and increasingly heavy storms,” said Jeff Odefey.
2013 RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study: Canadians much quicker to repair an internet outage than a leaky faucet
“To continue enjoying the quality of drinking water we all want and need, Canadians must understand that it’s a finite resource. A dripping faucet might not seem like a big deal, but it takes a lot of energy for municipalities to clean, treat and deliver water to most Canadian households,” stated Bob Sandford.
“A new report — Water Sensitive Urban Design in the UK — reinterprets the WSUD concept for the UK and its conclusions might best be summed up simply as: for too long, we have been designing water out of our cities when we should have been designing it in,” writes Jonathan Nettler.
“Council adopted a ‘Water Strategy’ that includes a vision for water that closely aligns with the province’s Living Water Smart program,” stated Kevin Henderson.
2012 RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study: Majority of Canadians Believe Their Local Water Infrastructure Is Good Enough for Now
“This survey is a tale of romance between Canadians and their treasured water. But there’s a significant gap between romance and reality. We found a troubling lack of awareness not only about water conservation but also the very pressing need for investment in infrastructure. Mobilizing the political will to deal with these issues will be a challenge,” stated Chris Coulter.
POLIS Project on Ecological Governance hosts “Navigating Our Water Future: Lessons Learned from Europe and Australia”
For many years, Australia and Europe have faced serious problems with the management and governance of their water resources. These challenges offer a glimpse into Canada’s water future.