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Friday, October 1, 2010

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

"First, the Act currently favours the development of hard technologies, such as water efficient cooling towers and advanced water treatment technologies. It is less explicit about supporting the type of natural or ‘green’ technologies that define sustainable communities. Supporting techniques such as rainwater harvesting, green roofs, permeable pavements, urban forests and wetlands would not only improve the livability of our cities, it would also conserve water, reduce water pollution and ease the pressure on aging infrastructure. At the same time, it would create opportunities for a myriad of new entrepreneurial businesses and services involved in the design, manufacture and installation of these innovative techniques.

Second, in order to transform the culture of water use in Ontario, all Ontarians need to be involved and working together to improve our collective water stewardship. The province should therefore work with cities such as Hamilton to institute a comprehensive public education campaign.

Lastly, the Act needs to ensure that clear targets for water conservation are established at provincial and municipal levels and establish a transparent process to report on progress in meeting these targets to all Ontarians."