Long Term Water Conservation Strategy promotes sustainability in The Regional Municipality of York

Conservation programs reduce water consumption

 The Regional Municipality of York has set ambitious water conservation goals through to 2051.

In February 2011, York Regional Council approved a comprehensive Long Term Water Conservation Strategy to reduce residential water use to 150 litres per capita, per day, from the current 220 litres.  To help support this conservation objective, York Region has implemented a number of initiatives and recently advocated for changes to the Ontario Building Code. As a result, updated standards for water-efficient toilets in new residential buildings will take effect in 2014. 

“The Long Term Water Conservation Strategy offers programs through Water for Tomorrow to ensure greatest return on investment, including looking at conservation initiatives in new development,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “It’s easier to implement environmental improvements in areas prior to homes being built.  We’re developing programs targeting the highest outdoor water users in both the residential and business sectors.”

The 2007 Water Efficiency Master Plan recommended 105,000 single-family residence toilet rebates be issued for high-efficiency models over 10 years. That target will be met by the middle of this year, with five million litres of water saved per day. As that program goal has been achieved, the Region will end the single-family residence toilet rebate program on April 30th.  Due to toilet rebate programs offered across Ontario, high-efficiency toilets now represent approximately 90 per cent of new models being developed by manufacturers.

Water for Tomorrow has made key partnerships with service providers in our communities to ensure its conservation message is being relayed to residents,” said Town of Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora, Chair of the Region’s Environmental Services Committee.  “These professionals promote water efficient fixtures and practices to their customers, all which helps us achieve our ultimate goal of water conservation across York Region.”

In addition to water savings from water-efficient toilets, other Water for Tomorrow programs continue to be highly successful, with York Region residents saving 1.6 million litres of water each day in 2012 alone, for a cumulative saving of 25.8 million litres of water saved each day since the program began in 1998.

For information on Water for Tomorrow or York Region’s Long Term Water Conservation Strategy, please visit www.waterfortomorrow.ca