At the Water Excellence ceremony held by Réseau Environnement, the City of Beaconsfield, Quebec was awarded a certificate of recognition for its various initiatives relating to conserving drinking water, as part of Réseau Environnement’s Municipalité Écon’eau program.
The annual Water Management Symposium that took place on October 10th and 11th aimed to promote the communication and discussion of the shared opportunities and challenges of integrated water management, regulatory changes, as well as new knowledge and techniques in treating and managing potable water, wastewater, and stormwater.
Thee award follows from the completion of Phase 2 of the program of the city’s leak detection program, its program to raise awareness about drinking water conservation, as well as the information it has made available in the Water section of its website at beaconsfield.ca.
“We are proud to say that our total drinking water consumption decreases year-after-year. We regularly carry out awareness-raising activities as part of the Drinking Water Conservation Program: education in schools and day camps; communications organized on various platforms; participation in special events in addition to steps taken by our teams to discuss the subject of drinking water with the community (door-to-door campaign),” said Beaconsfield Mayor Georges Bourelle. “The investment in replacing underground infrastructure ensures quality drinking water is distributed to residents and also makes sure wastewater drains efficiently. Each of these actions plays an important role in managing our resources responsibly.”
Through the Municipalité Écon’eau program, Réseau Environnement supports municipalities in their efforts to reduce water consumption. Using methods developed by Réseau Environnement and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, cities can measure their performance in terms of drinking water consumption and get recommendations on how to develop an action plan that meets the goals of the Quebec strategy for drinking water conservation. In addition to recognizing the efforts made, Municipalité Écon’eau also serves as a knowledge-exchange community that pools the expertise and experience of other members of the programs and experts in the field.