The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department is lighting the Regional Headquarters in blue all week to celebrate Canada Water Week (March 18 to 24) and World Water Day (March 22). In recognition of Canada Water Week, Durham Region has proclaimed March 18 to 24 as Water Week to remind residents about the value of water.

“Durham Region is home to some of the best tap water in the world,” says John Presta, Director of Environmental Services. “Canada Water Week and World Water Day provide an important reminder on how fortunate we are to have a clean, secure supply of drinking water.”

Safe drinking water is a limited resource and as a result, municipal drinking water in Durham Region is regulated for both quality and quantity. Residents need to help protect this valuable environmental resource for the coming generations with effective water management today.

To celebrate the quality of Durham’s water supply and illustrate dedication to ensuring industry-leading treatment of wastewater, the region has created a new video series for residents. The Water Champions at Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant explain how the plant performs and why they are proud to work there.

Ensuring a clean, safe supply of water is complicated and costly. Municipal water and sanitary sewer services are paid for by user rates; they are not funded by property taxes. Investing in our infrastructure and water conservation efforts are important to protect this vital and limited resource. Water conservation also helps extend the life of Durham’s municipal water infrastructure. For easy-to-follow water conservation tips around the home, residents are urged to check out the Be Water Smart video series at durham.ca/WaterEfficiency.

International World Water Day is an annual event that began in 1993, in which the world comes together to focus on the importance of fresh water and the sustainable management of water resources. For more information, visit www.unwater.org.

For more information on Durham Region’s municipal water supply, visit durham.ca/water.

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