Year of Freshwater Proclaimed by Regional Council
(Brampton) - Following an official launch by the United Nations (UN), Regional
Council has proclaimed 2003 as the Year of Freshwater in the Region of Peel. The
aim of the year is to raise awareness of the essential importance of freshwater
resources for satisfying basic human needs, for health and food production and
for the preservation of ecosystems.
"The Region of Peel recognizes the importance of preserving and protecting
our water sources and adopting efficient water practices as freshwater is essential
to all living things," said Regional Chair Emil Kolb. "The overall
objective behind the proclamation is to educate residents and to encourage wise
According to the World Health Organization, less than one per cent of the world's
freshwater (0.007 per cent of all the water on Earth) is readily available for
human world consumption, giving reason to ensure water is not wasted, polluted
"The International Year of Freshwater in Peel will assist us in communicating
to residents about the importance of freshwater," said Commissioner of
Public Works Mitch Zamojc. "Effective coordination and communication of
existing programs is a matter of implementing what we already know and not attempting
to reinvent the wheel."
In celebration of the Year of Freshwater, the Region of Peel will continue to
promote education programs that foster community involvement. The Region of
Peel is a committed partner in developing communication programs aimed at educating
residents on the efficient and effective use of water.
"We have already begun working on a long-term water strategy," said
Director of Water and Wastewater Treatment Mark Schiller. "The strategy
aims to reduce the overall water consumption and the Year of Freshwater is an
ideal time to focus on water wise programs."
Existing Regional water programs that support the Year of Freshwater are: Peel
Children's Water Festival, community and school Outreach Programs, Public Works
Week and Earth Week.
New initiatives planned for the 2003 freshwater celebration include: Water
treatment plant tours and World Water Day Events.
To get involved in water efficiency today, try keeping a pitcher of water
in your refrigerator to keep it cold. This is better than running the tap until
the water gets cold.
For more information on water efficiency programs, please contact Lesley Radman
at 905-791-7800, Ext. 4481 or visit the Region's Web site at www.region.peel.on.ca.