Stanstead makes wa­ter-sav­ing plan

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

The Stanstead coun­cil adopted a strate­gic ac­tion plan to re­duce the amount of potable wa­ter used by its cit­i­zens at Mon­day’s coun­cil meet­ing. “The Quebec gov­ern­ment has asked all mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to make strate­gic ac­tion plans to re­duce wa­ter con­sump­tion,” ex­plained Guil­laume Labbé, the town’s gen­eral man­ager. Of all the prov­inces, peo­ple in Quebec con­sume the most amount of wa­ter per capita.

In­cluded in the ac­tion plan will be the chang­ing of the toi­lets at the town hall and in other mu­nic­i­pal build­ings for low flush toi­lets. The money-sav­ing prac­tise of us­ing rain­wa­ter in the gar­den or for out­door clean­ing will also be pro­moted, pos­si­bly through the sell­ing of rain bar­rels at a spe­cial price. “We will also make pool own­ers aware about the im­por­tance of wa­ter lev­els when try­ing to con­serve wa­ter,” added Mr. Labbé.

Look­ing at the town’s full reser­voir, some may won­der what all the fuss is about. How­ever, that wa­ter is pumped there from an un­der­ground reser­voir which is slowly run­ning out. That wa­ter is also treated, which costs tax­pay­ers money, be­fore it is used to wash some­one’s car, or in some cases, also the drive­way the car is parked on. When the town needs to drill a new well in the fu­ture, tax­pay­ers will also have to pay for that.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Stanstead Coun­cil­lors Michelle Richard and Christo­pher Good­sell look over their notes at last Mon­day’s coun­cil meet­ing. Di­rec­tor gen­eral Guil­laume Labbé is seen in the back­ground.

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