Con­ser­va­tion progress

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - GREEN LIVING -

Char­lot­te­town making head­way on ef­forts to re­duce us­age with me­ter and rain bar­rel pro­grams and much more.

The next phase of Char­lot­te­town’s wa­ter me­ter pro­gram will see me­ters in­stalled be­tween River­side Drive and Belvedere Av­enue in the area around Westridge Cres­cent.

The city’s res­i­den­tial wa­ter me­ter pro­gram, launched in Oc­to­ber, has seen about 350 me­ters in­stalled to date.

That is in ad­di­tion to the more than 2,200 that have been in­stalled since 2010.

A map of the zones is avail­able on the city’s web­site at www.char­lot­te­town.ca/WaterMeters.php.

The new me­ters will al­low cus­tomers to track their wa­ter use as well as de­tect leaks in their home.

When it comes to con­ser­va­tion ef­forts, the Wa­ter and Sewer Util­ity is al­ready preparing for the year ahead; re­view­ing the suc­cess of pre­vi­ous con­ser­va­tion pro­grams and gear­ing up for in­creased ef­forts in wa­ter loss man­age­ment, re­newed in­cen­tives and the next phase of the res­i­den­tial wa­ter me­ter in­stal­la­tion pro­gram.

Char­lot­te­town Mayor Clifford Lee says depart­ment ef­forts and com­mit­ment from the pub­lic is making a dif­fer­ence.

“The util­ity pro­grams have been ex­tremely suc­cess­ful, but the last thing we want to be­come is com­pla­cent,’’ Lee said. “Wa­ter con­ser­va­tion must con­tinue to be pri­or­ity into 2016 and be­yond.”

The city also dis­trib­uted all of its rain bar­rels, gave away more than 250 lowflow show­er­heads, sold 70 wa­ter con­ser­va­tion kits, pro­vided more than 100 clothes washer re­bates, and was in­stru­men­tal in phas­ing out toi­lets that had a flush cy­cle us­ing more than six litres through its low-flow toi­let re­bate pro­gram.

Coun. Ed­die Rice, chair­man of the util­ity com­mit­tee, says the city is fo­cus­ing on wa­ter loss man­age­ment, which in­cludes look­ing into up­dat­ing source me­ters to newer tech­nol­ogy to en­sure greater ac­cu­racy in ex­trac­tion re­port­ing and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a leak sur­vey pro­gram.

“This pro­gram, once im­ple­mented, will lead to less costly re­pairs and fewer dam­ages from large main breaks,’’ Rice said.

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