The Region of Peel has been awarded a 2008 Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)-CH2M Hill Sustainable Communities Award in the Water category for its Water Efficiency Plan.
The plan was developed in response to the growing demand on the Region’s water and wastewater treatment systems, and aims to reduce water consumption in Peel by 10 per cent by 2015. To date the Region has developed a number of programs to reduce water consumption, including:
- Toilet Replacement Program for both residents and business
- Peel Living Water Efficiency Retrofit Project
- Spray Valve Replacement Program
- Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Indoor Water Audit Program
- Outdoor Water Education programs
Since its inception in 2004, the plan has saved over 1,600 megalitres of water and 1,400 megalitres of wastewater from being treated. This reduction in water and wastewater treatment has saved approximately 2,000 megawatts of electricity, which is equivalent to 671 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
“This award is a testament to the environmental consciousness of residents and businesses in Peel, and this award shows that we’re making an effort to conserve,” says Elaine Moore, Brampton Regional Councillor and Chair of the Environment, Transportation and Planning Services Committee. “But our efforts won’t stop here. I’m confident that we can continue to find new ways to reduce our consumption and collective carbon footprint.”