Canadians live in a country that is seemingly rich in freshwater. It is this misconception that has led to the misuse of our precious resources, and allowed water to be used and abused for a variety of purposes.
In 2004, the average Canadian resident used approximately 329 litres of water on a daily basis:
The conservation of water through the demand reduction has been considered an important component of water management, and Canadian municipalities are now actively seeking to reduce water demand rather than locating new sources of water for local residents. The Town of Stratford is no exception, and with the impending installation of water meters in every home over the next two years, residents, the town, watershed group etc. are all working to encourage changes in water use habits.
Kelley Farrar, watershed coordinator, is a founding member of the Stratford water conservation committee, and has been working with dedicated staff members on various water conservation initiatives and programs over the last number of years. Some of the programs have included:
- Rainbarrel Giveaway
- Showerhead Exchange Program
- Toilet Rebate Program
- Home Water Audit (this program will begin in 2017-2018!)
Both the town and watershed group promote water conservation in homes, gardens and at work, and look forward to continued partnership in the future.
Let’s work together to keep as much of our most precious resource in the ground as possible!