The cities of Bois-des-Filion, Lorraine, and Rosemère have come together to initiate an intermunicipal campaign called “Let’s Reduce Our Water Consumption.” The primary objective of this campaign is to increase awareness among the population about the importance of using drinking water responsibly. By highlighting the various ways in which water is utilized, the campaign aims to encourage individuals to reconsider their consumption habits and adopt more sustainable practices.
One of the key aspects emphasized by the campaign is the limited nature of water as a resource. By addressing different uses of water, such as watering lawns, bathing, showering, and other domestic purposes, the initiative seeks to draw attention to the fact that water is not an infinite supply and must be used judiciously. It aims to encourage individuals to reflect on their daily routines and make conscious efforts to reduce unnecessary water wastage.
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Watering lawns, for example, is a common practice that often involves excessive water usage. The campaign seeks to promote alternatives such as using efficient irrigation systems, collecting rainwater for gardening, or selecting drought-resistant plants that require less water. By suggesting these alternatives, the campaign aims to empower individuals to make informed choices that contribute to water conservation.
This initiative is part of the Quebec Strategy for Potable Water Conservation 2019-2025, an undertaking by Réseau Environnement, the Fédération québécoise des municipalités, the Union des municipalités du Québec, as well as the cities of Montreal and Quebec City.
Considering that Quebec is one of the largest consumers of water in the world, the intermunicipal campaign “Let’s Reduce Our Water Consumption” sheds light on an issue that affects the entire population. By 2025, all municipalities will be required to reduce the amount of water distributed per person by 20% compared to the year 2015. The wise use of drinking water begins in every household, on a daily basis.
“Citizens everywhere must make small efforts by changing certain habits so that our cities can achieve the goals and thereby preserve our future quality of life,” explained Gilles Blanchette, the mayor of Bois-des-Filion. “We are doing this for ourselves, but also for future generations.”
“As water is a vital issue of the 21st century, we must adopt environmentally responsible actions and reduce our consumption of drinking water starting now. The multiplication of small actions by the population and municipalities leads to significant changes. Let’s all act together right now!” emphasized Jean Comtois, the mayor of Lorraine.
“Every action counts, and it is the sum of our efforts that makes a difference,” stated Mayor Eric Westram. “As the saying goes, ‘We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.’ Let’s make wise and environmentally responsible choices together for the future.”