Why Newfoundlanders are the highest water users in Canada

“Mark Twain once said there are lies, damned lies and statistics. And that was over 100 years ago, before we had computers and billions of data points to analyze. All the numbers available to us these days can lead to some odd statistical reporting…Newfoundlanders are not the highest water users, statistics just make them look that way,” concludes Neal Klassen.

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“WeTap”: An Exciting New Opportunity for Public Drinking Water Fountains

In 2011 the Pacific Institute, in collaboration with Google, launched a smartphone application that could help address a major water challenge: finding, supporting, and expanding the United States’s public drinking water fountains. “The average American now drinks nearly 30 gallons of commercial bottled water per year. One of the reasons for this explosive growth in the sales of bottled water is the disappearance of public drinking water fountains,” stated Peter Gleick.

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Worth Every Penny: An Introduction to the Water Pricing Primer

Part of the rollout to stimulate a national dialogue on sustainable water management, the Nanaimo Region Water Pricing Workshop is decribed as the first of its kind in Canada. “The desired outcome for the workshop was that participating practitioners would connect the dots between three initiatives; and would understand why ‘conservation-oriented water pricing’ is a tool to achieve a larger end – that is, Sustainable Service Delivery,” stated John Finnie.

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Okanagan Sustainable Water Strategy: 2010 Progress Report

“The Strategy brought together technical information and highlighted the most important water management issues and how they connect to one another. The 2010 Progress Report outlined the progress made on the Strategy’s 45 action items over the first two years. It highlighted successes to date, identified areas where more work needed to be done, discussed barriers to implementation, and suggested next steps,” stated Nelson Jatel.

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City of Kelowna Takes Smart Landscaping Approach

Don Degen (City of Kelowna):
New landscaping standards will help to reduce water consumption across the city and reduce residential landscaping water consumption by a further 15 per cent. This makes Kelowna the first city in BC to set this level of landscape water usage standards.

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