Alberta’s major water users commit to change their ways

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Source: GLOBE Foundation

Some of Alberta’s largest users of water are taking action to develop and implement water conservation, efficiency and productivity plans as part of the province’s renewed Water for Life strategy.

The Alberta Water Council has released a report outlining 21 recommendations for water conservation, efficiency and productivity sector planning to guide seven Alberta sectors in setting and meeting water conservation, efficiency and productivity goals. The sectors include:

  • Chemical and petrochemical
  • Forestry
  • Irrigation
  • Mining
  • Municipalities
  • Oil and gas
  • Power generation

All of the sectors are active members of the Alberta Water Council, and have committed to developing Water Conservation, Efficiency and Productivity (WCEP) plans by December 2010 through their various sector associations. The WCEP plans will take a sectoral approach to meeting specific conservation, efficiency and productivity targets, with implementation at the regional level, on a company by company, or community by community basis. All of the plans will be made available to the public, and accountability for implementation will come through an annual reporting process through the Alberta Water Council.

'The commitment by some of Alberta’s largest water users to change the way they think about and use water is a significant milestone for the renewed Water for Life strategy,' said Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner. 'If all Albertans were to develop and act on conservation plans like this, we would go a long way to securing a safe and sustainable water supply both for today and well into the future.'

'This voluntary commitment by all of these sectors is both admirable and important as they are not only making a collective commitment to change how they use water, but it also signals a change in how they think about water as a resource,' said Gord Edwards, Executive Director of the Alberta Water Council. 'The fact that these sectors are making a public commitment to improve water conservation, efficiency and productivity is a highly progressive step with all Albertans being the beneficiaries.'

A copy of the report - recommendations for Water Conservation, Efficiency and Productivity Sector Planning -- is available at albertawatercouncil.ca.

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