Thursday, February 25, 2010

2009 Water Efficiency Report released

Despite an increasing population in Calgary and the surrounding region, Calgary is still on track to meet its 30 in 30 water efficiency plan goal.

In 2005, City Council adopted the Water Efficiency Plan goal of reducing water consumption by 30 per cent over 30 years with the intention of better managing our water resource.

“Our investment in infrastructure, innovative technology incentives and public education programs are helping The City and Calgarians use water more wisely,” says Paul Fesko, Manager Strategic Services, Water Services.

2009 water conservation program highlights include:
  • The pre-treatment and residual treatment facilities built as part of water treatment plant upgrades are now showing that we are drawing less water from the river to meet the needs of Calgarians than we were just a few years ago, despite growth.
  • Toilets account for more than 30 per cent of residential water use. In 2009, more than 7,500 high performing low flow toilets were installed in existing Calgary homes as a result of the Toilet Replacement Program.
  • More than 64,000 Calgarians recalled seeing a Water Services representative at a number of local events and workshops.
  • More than 50,000 youth, teachers and families participated in water education programs.
One of the key indicators the report uses to measure Calgary’s progress is Universal Water Metering, which is vital to reducing water demand. The City is on schedule to meet its target of having all customers on a meter by December 31, 2014.

Currently, 82 per cent of residential accounts are metered. The City will be rolling out a targeted metering program this spring to support the conversions of the remaining 50,000 flat rate accounts to meters.

“It’s time to get a water meter. If you are a flat rate account holder, we will be contacting you to make the switch,” says Fesko. “Water meters are an effective tool for reducing water consumption because they allow customers to monitor, manage and pay for the actual amount of water they use each month.”

The City’s many water conservation programs and investment in infrastructure are successfully contributing to measurable reductions in water demand but city-wide efforts need to continue to produce long-term, beneficial results.

A copy of the 2009 Water Efficiency Report, and information on how you can save water, can be found online at calgary.ca/waterservices or by calling 3-1-1.

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