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Why Conserve Water?

71% of the earth is covered in water, one of the world’s most precious resource. Despite this, less than 1% of the world’s water is available for human use. Because of the limited amount of potable water and continuing increase in population it is important to not overuse what resources we have. Water is currently being used at a faster rate than it can be replenished which calls for the need to conserve water.

How rain barrels conserve water ?

A rain barrel collects rain water from the down spout off your roof. The water can be used for various tasks such as washing your car and watering your garden. The average savings from a rain barrel is 4900 liters (1300 gallons) of water a summer and water meter savings of approximately $200. Water conservation requires forethought and effort, but every little bit helps even the purchase of a single rain barrel can make a difference and change the course of our water usage.

 

Source – A Guide to the World’s Fresh Water Resources

Water use facts!

Since water is a finite resource, the more you the know the more you can make a conscious difference to conserve and protect this most precious of elements.

World Water Day Canada Did you know?

  • Canada ranks as one of the top consumers of water worldwide
  • 11 liters ( 3 gallons) runs from the average tap per minute
  • 151 liters (40 gallons) are used in a 10 minute shower
  • A bath uses an average of 75 liters (20 gallons)
  • 95 liters (25 gallons ) are used to flush a toilet per person per day
  • Traditional (non-energy star) clothes washers use up to 189 liters (50 gallons) per load
  • A dishwasher uses approximately 53 liters (14 gallons) per load
  • An average garden hose uses 492 liters (130 gallons) every 15 minutes
  • Washing your car can use 378 – 606 liters (100 – 160 gallons)

 

Source – Storm Water Facts Canada

On world water day, 650 million people can’t get a safe drink

Some 650 million people, or one in 10 of the world’s population, do not have access to safe water, putting them at risk of infectious diseases and premature death.

Dirty water and poor sanitation can cause severe diarrheal diseases in children, killing 900 under-fives a day across the world, according to United Nations estimates – or one child every two minutes. READ MORE

Ducks Unlimited Canada Salutes World Water Day on March 22 and Canada Water Week Running March 21 to 27

On World Water Day, help us ensure that wetlands will be around to provide freshwater for generations to come. A few minutes of your time could make a world of difference.

A registered charity, Ducks Unlimited Canada partners with government, industry, non-profits and landowners to conserve, restore and manage habitats for waterfowl and other wildlife. READ MORE

David Suzuki: World Water Day Reminds Us Not to Take Clean Water for Granted

Earth’s oceans, lakes, rivers and streams are its circulatory system, providing life’s essentials for people, animals and ecosystems. Canada has one-fifth of the world’s freshwater, a quarter of its remaining wetlands and its longest coastline. With this abundance, it’s easy to take water for granted. Many of our daily rituals require its life-giving force. Yet do we recognize our good fortune in having clean, safe water at the turn of a tap? READ MORE

LETTER: Recognize right to clean water

World Water Day is Tuesday, March 22, and I would like to draw your attention to some important issues concerning water in Canada.

Water is one of our most precious resources. Canada has one-fifth of the world’s fresh water, yet it isthe only G8 country that lacks legally enforceable drinking water quality standards oat the nationallevel. On any given day, more than 1,000 boil water advisories are in effect across this country,including in our own area and in indigenous communities. At the provincial level, Canada relies on patchwork of water policies, which jeopardizes people’s health and compromises clean water for future generations… READ MORE

World Water Day Reminds Us Not to Take Clean Water for Granted

Earth’s oceans, lakes, rivers and streams are its circulatory system, providing life’s essentials for people, animals and ecosystems. Canada has one-fifth of the world’s freshwater, a quarter of its remaining wetlands and its longest coastline. With this abundance, it’s easy to take water for granted. Many of our daily rituals require its life-giving force. Yet do we recognize our good fortune in having clean, safe water at the turn of a tap?.. READ MORE

ON WORLD WATER DAY, TAKE ACTION ON WATER RIGHTS

It’s time for the Canadian government to recognize our right to water at the national level. That’s why we’re coming together on World Water Day (March 22) to call on the federal government to pass an environmental bill of rights that will protect, respect and fulfil our right to water.
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California Water Purification Program Launches #WITHWATER Campaign

In celebration of March 22 World Water Day, the East County Advanced Water Purification Program, led by Padre Dam Municipal Water District and its program partners (the County of San Diego, City of El Cajon and Helix Water District), announces the launch of its new website, www.EastCountyAWP.com and a social media engagement campaign titled #WithWaterREAD MORE

The water link to job creation

Every year across the world in the month of March, the World Water Day (WWD) is observed with an aim to focus attention on the importance of fresh water and advocating sustainable management of water resources. On March 22 this year, the global community will observe WWD on a theme captioned ‘water and jobs’… READ MORE