Stanstead makes water-saving plan
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.
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.