Water week reminds us to protect important resource

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Theme for 2014 World Water Day is ‘Water and Energy’

Water plays an important role in our lives every day, but this week – and Friday, March 22, in particular - serves as a reminder for all to think about their water use and the sources of water.

AMHERST – World Water Day is March 22, while Canada Water Week is March 17-22, focusing on the importance of watersheds. Items entering Nova Scotia’s lakes and rivers could not only end up in the Atlantic Ocean, but could affect water quality and habitat for birds, fish and animals.

“Pollution in one water source affects the safety and supply of clean water for all of us,” said Environment Minister Randy Delorey. “We all have a role to play in protecting and conserving our water resources.”

The theme of this year’s World Water Day is “Water and Energy,” as eight per cent global energy generation is used to treat, pump and transport water to consumers.

These figures are expected to rise, according to Krista Elliott, Atlantic region communications co-ordinator for Ducks Unlimited Canada, who described wetlands as “nature’s kidneys” due to their role in filtering impurities out of water before it flows into our watersheds.

Even huge water supplies such as that of New York City rely on wetlands for water filtration, saving almost $7.5 billion in the process.

“These savings of money and energy are being felt in Canada as well,” said Elliott. “New research from Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) shows that for every dollar it invests in wetland and natural land conservation, Canadians enjoy $22 in economic, ecological and societal benefits. Every year, DUC’s investment in wetlands has the equivalent value of $828 million in waste treatment and water purification and $234 million in regulation of water flow.”

Those benefits are also being felt right here in this province, she explained.

“In Nova Scotia, DUC has secured over 45,000 acres of habitat since 1965, and continues to work with our supporters and partners to ensure that this important habitat continues to be protected,” she said.

The department of environment has a mandate to prevent pollution of our ground and surface water, as well as ensure that drinking water is clean and safe.

 

If you see a spill or other pollution that poses a threat to a water source, please contact your nearest department office. Contact information for the offices is at https://novascotia.ca/nse/dept/division.emc.asp  .

 

For more information on how to protect water and reduce consumption, visit https://www.novascotia.ca/nse/water/ .

awagstaff@citizenrecord.ca

Twitter: @ADNandrew

Organizations: Ducks Unlimited Canada

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Atlantic Ocean, New York City Canada

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