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Video at library will explore water resource

LINDA RIPLEY – GAZETTE CONTRIBUTOR
Water is our most precious resource. There is a finite amount of fresh water on the earth, yet water consumption is increasing at twice the rate of global populations.
By 2025, demand for water will exceed availability by 56 per cent.
Canadians use an average of 300 litres of fresh water per day. The average Canadian household uses 500,000 litres of water per year.
Over the past three decades, renewable water resources have declined in southern Canada.
The area that had the lowest water yield and highest variability in water yield between 1971 and 2004 was the prairies.
World Water Day was observed March 22 — a call to consider water availability, quality and consumption.
In observance of World Water Day, the Fort Macleod Environment Committee invites all interested citizens to view the video, “Choking Lake Winnipeg” in the RCMP Centennial Library on Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m.
The video was developed by James Byrne PhD., professor and chairman of geography at the University of Lethbridge.
Discussion on water resources and management will follow.
Did you know?

  • Nearly 65 per cent of all indoor residential water use occurs in the bathroom.
  • A five-minute shower with a standard showerhead uses 100 litres of water. The same shower with a low-flow showerhead uses only 35 litres.
  • Conventional faucets have an average flow rate of 13.5 litres a minute. Low flow aerators reduce this flow.
  • A flow rate of six litres a minute in the bathroom and six to nine litres a minute in the kitchen is sufficient.

  • A toilet that is 15 years old uses 18 litres of water per flush, while new ultra-low volume (ULV) toilets use only six.
  • Following are hints to help reduce household water use:

  • Take a quick shower rather than a bath. Better yet, stagger your shower by turning off the tap while soaping.
  • Turn the tap off while brushing your teeth.
  • Don’t flush the toilet every time. If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.
  • Repair leaks. Thousands of litres of water can be saved each year.
  • Use dishwashers and washing machines only with full loads.
  • Install water-efficient toilets, shower heads, and faucets

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