Encouraging Conservation Through World Water Initiatives
BRAMPTON, ON. (March 12, 2012) - Throughout the month of March, the Region of Peel will recognize a number of national and worldwide water conservation initiatives to encourage residents to rethink their water consumption habits.
March 12 to 18 is Fix-a-Leak Week - the perfect time for residents to check for and repair any leaks in their households' plumbing fixtures and underground sprinkler systems. "Small drips from faucets and slow leaks in toilets can amount to significant water loss and a considerable increase on your water bill," says Shaun Hewitt, Director of Operations Support. "By understanding the causes of common leaks, not only are you ensuring a more water efficient home, you are saving money as well."
Here are some tips when checking for leaks around your home:
- Test for running toilets.A quick and easy method to check for a toilet leak is to place a bit of food colouring into the toilet tank. Wait 30 minutes; if the food colouring appears in the bowl then a leak is present. Replacing the flapper (the mechanism that lets water out of the tank) can generally eliminate toilet leaks. Check with your local plumbing store to ensure you purchase one specifically designed for your toilet.
- Inspect underground sprinkler systems and outdoor taps. If you turned off the shut-off valve for your outdoor taps in the fall, turn it back on to make sure the taps aren't dripping. To inspect underground sprinkler systems, check that each sprinkler head comes straight up and that the spray has a consistent flow and is not leaking. Also look for water pooling in certain areas - often caused by sprinkler heads that do not pop up fully or are leaking. Ensure that water is reaching targeted areas and that it is being evenly distributed. If you do find a leak in your system, contact a lawn care or irrigation specialist.
- Furnace mounted humidifiers. These usually have a direct connection to a home's water system via copper pipe. Furnace mounted humidifiers can be checked for leaks by seeing if the humidifier is running when the furnace is off. If it is running, this means that the switch on the humidifier is stuck open and needs to be repaired.
For more tips on how to check for leaks, or to find out about other common types of leaks, visit watersmartpeel.ca.
Canada Water Week from March 19 to 25, is a celebration of the nation's water from coast-to-coast. This year's theme is Discover Your Water Footprint, and shows how an individual's water footprint includes more than the water used at home - it is the total amount of freshwater used to produce the food you eat, clothes you wear and the products you use. To find out more about how you can reduce your water footprint, visit canadawaterweek.com.
World Water Day held annually on March 22 focuses attention on the importance of freshwater and the sustainable management of freshwater resources. In Peel, much of our drinking water comes from Lake Ontario, which is extremely important to our quality of life.
This year's World Water Day initiative highlights water and food security, and urges people to re-evaluate the foods they consume. Statistics say that each of us consumes from 2 to 4 litres of water every day, however most of the water we consume is embedded in the food we eat. For example, producing 1 kg of beef consumes 15,000 litres of water and 1 kg of wheat consumes 1,500 litres.
You can help make a change. Consider adopting a diet for you and your family that contains less water-intensive food products, like vegetables and grains. Also, try reducing the amount of food waste in your household: 30 per cent of the food produced worldwide is never eaten and the water used to produce it is lost. For more information on this year's World Water Day initiatives, visit unwater.org/worldwaterday.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.
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