DURHAM: The Regional Municipality of Durham reminds residents about the value of water and the importance of practising water efficiency by celebrating World Water Day on March 22nd. Durham Region’s municipal water supply customers have access to clean, safe drinking water delivered in an economical manner, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. About 95 percent of water in Durham’s system comes from Lake Ontario, with the rest coming from underground sources and Lake Simcoe. Municipal drinking water in Durham Region goes through a rigorous purification process. It is screened, treated, and filtered to remove impurities, disinfected, and then pumped through the distribution system before being delivered to homes and businesses on the municipal water supply system. Water is a precious commodity, and by introducing water-efficient practices at home, the amount of water that needs to be treated at Regional facilities can be reduced. For example, a leaking toilet can lose more than 1,000 litres of water per week. Residents can get more water efficiency tips by visiting durham.ca/WaterEfficiency. “As our population grows, Durham Region recognizes the importance of maintaining our water infrastructure to ensure our residents on the municipal water supply have access to clean, safe drinking water. World Water Day is an excellent reminder of the value of water, as we know this important natural resource requires protection. We will continue to provide residents and businesses with tips and information to ensure we use water efficiently.” said John Presta, Director of Environmental Services, Region of Durham. The 2022 World Water Day is highlighting Groundwater – Making the Invisible Visible. Municipal groundwater systems service Durham Region’s rural-urban communities. This precious water resource is managed to utilize the provincial regulatory requirements, which evolved from the Walkerton Water tragedy. A multi-barrier approach ensures safe drinking water is provided by source water protection, water treatment, inspection, testing, and distribution. Durham Region is investing $19.8 million into the municipal groundwater systems and plans to invest an additional $39.0 million over nine years. Learn more at durham.ca/water.
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