Ontario Celebrates Canada Water Week
Learn About Saving Water, Protecting Local Waterways
Canada Water Week is a great reminder to fix leaky faucets, plant a drought-resistant garden, and protect Ontario's waterways. Here are some tips you can follow to save and protect our water:
- Take five-minute showers.
- Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
- Install low-flush toilets.
- Use one drinking glass or reusable water bottle each day.
- Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the fridge.
- Use a small basin of water to wash fruit and vegetables.
- Direct downspouts to planted areas.
- Create a rain garden.
- Use organic mulch to protect plants and reduce watering.
- Volunteer with organizations that protect local waterways and shorelines by planting native plants.
- Do not dispose of chemicals or household waste such as paint in drains or sewers. Instead, contact your municipality about proper disposal.
- Clear roadside sewer grates of snow, debris and leaves, if safe to do so.
Protecting Ontario's water resources supports the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
- The Great Lakes provide more than 80 per cent of Ontario's drinking water and are important for the province’s economic prosperity.
- Over 95 per cent of Ontario's agricultural land is in the Great Lakes basin.
- Since 2007, Ontario has committed more than $125 million to over 1,000 Great Lakes projects.
- Get to know your H2O: check out Canada Water Week for events near you
Learn how Ontario is protecting water resources, including the Great Lakes, with:
- Drinking water protection
- Proposed Great Lakes Protection Act
- Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund
- 12-point plan on blue green algal blooms and Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Initiative
- Guide to Eating Ontario Fish
- Great Lakes Strategy
- Canada Ontario Great Lakes Agreement
- Proposed Invasive Species Act
“Fighting climate change and working to keep our air, land, and water clean will ensure Ontario's prosperity and quality of life for today and for future generations. I encourage all Ontarians to make small actions to protect one of our most precious resources, particularly during this year’s Canada Water Week.”