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Water in the spotlight next week
The people who keep drinking water safe and clean, the B.C. Water and Waste Association together with the province, have proclaimed May 1-7 Drinking Water Week in British Columbia.
“Drinking Water Week is a time to celebrate and value our water as a vital and finite resource,” says Daisy Foster, CEO of the 4,400-member B.C. Water and Waste Association.
“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,” said Foster.
“There is no new water. The water we use continually cycles throughout the environment and is reused again and again. Increases to our population, the growth of industry and agriculture and the effects of climate change all place enormous pressure on our water supply.”
“What people forget is even when they have a large supply of water it still costs a lot to get that water to the tap. There are infrastructure costs like treatment plants and it takes energy to pump water from treatment plants around the community,” Foster noted.
“And after water is used and it goes down the drain, many people forget that it has to be carried through pipes to a water treatment plant requiring more energy and expensive equipment to make sure it is clean enough to be released back into the environment.”
“Twenty-five per cent of Canadians have no idea where the water that flows out of their taps comes from,” says Foster.
“The average British Columbian uses more water each day than the average Canadian and over double what Europeans use. Our aim with Drinking Water Week is to make people more aware of where their water comes from, where it goes when they have used it, and what they can do both to conserve it and protect the environment.”
“Our water goes on quite a journey from the original source before it comes out of our taps and is safe to drink, and then is released cleanly back to the environment, and we hope people will appreciate this.”