Bob Sandford and Sandra Stahl (EPCOR) on March 22 in Kelowna, B.C.

As part of its effort to increase the public’s understanding of water scarcity issues in Canada, EPCOR Utilities Inc. is supporting the United Nations’ Water for Life program.

For the next three years, the Canadian arm of the program will be called the EPCOR Chair in support of the United Nations’ Water for Life Decade of Action initiative in Canada.

“Growing populations, heavy agricultural and industrial withdrawals, and climate change effects on water supply will make it necessary to manage water in far more efficient ways in the future,” said Bob Sandford, director of the Western Watersheds Climate Research Collaborative, who currently holds the chair.

The company’s support will help advance new research initiatives and analysis that will link research outcomes to practical and timely public policy options. Sandford will also focus on reaching and educating more people about the Canadian Partnership Initiative on the United Nations Water for Life Decade and its goals.

“We are pleased to support the United Nations’ Water for Life effort in Canada because EPCOR is committed to creating holistic water solutions which will protect the watershed and to finding innovative reuse opportunities to reduce fresh water consumption,” said Joe Gysel, EPCOR senior VP of Water Development. “For instance, in lieu of fresh water, EPCOR currently moves up to 15 million litres per day of membrane-treated wastewater from our Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant for industrial purposes. This use of treated wastewater replaces the need for fresh water for industrial processes, with a net benefit to the North Saskatchewan River.”

As part of World Water Day on March 22, Sandford will be participating in a public water discussion on Communicating Water Quality Challenges and Opportunities. The panel discussion is co-sponsored by University of British Columbia – Okanagan and Okanagan Basin Water Board.


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