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Drinking Water Week in BC May 20-26: Getting to know our H2O

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Canada is home to 20 percent of the Earth’s freshwater supply.1 Our oversized share of this life-giving resource comes with responsibilities. Canadians consume a whopping 300 (approx.) litres of water daily per capita2 making it no surprise that Drinking Water Week BC is engaging citizens around a conservation approach to ensure access to clean water into the future.

The Drinking Water Week campaign is led by the BC Water & Waste Association. Their message is that Canadians are some of the worlds most fortunate because of our clean water resources but we need to be aware of our water’s finality and make ‘water wise actions’ on an individual level.

Our project, the Canadian Freshwater Alliance, is working nationally to build capacity within Canada’s not-for-profit water community in order to achieve secure, healthy, thriving waters from coast-to-coast-to-coast. For example, they have just launched a new community contributions program “Communities in Practice.” The program will support innovative public engagement initiatives that want to test and create innovative public engagement models and tools for the water sector to learn from.

And our project Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW) is convening Canada’s water policy community across the country to develop a water strategy that enables Canadians to act in a socially and environmentally responsible manner on freshwater problems and opportunities.

Tides Canada invites you to join us in promoting local, regional, and national efforts to protect and preserve our Canadian freshwater for the present and the future.

Take the Drinking Water Week Challenge to see how much water you can save.

Learn more about the work of the Canadian Freshwater Alliance.

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Start your next meaningful relationship with our spectacular, natural backyard

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