Mayor Don Iveson was among those in attendance at this week’s Blue Cities Conference, in Toronto. The meeting brought together federal, provincial and municipal representatives to discuss Canada’s aging water infrastructure.
Canadian Water Network CEO Bernadette Conant tells the Alberta Morning News, what the biggest takeaway of the conference was.
“The biggest outcome, I think, was the recognition that if we’re going to be resilient, and people throw that word around meaning, essentially, we’re recognizing that floods and fires and big events, things that Alberta is particularly familiar with in the last few years, that this is the new normal,” Conant explains. “This is not just something that might happen once in our lifetime, this is something we have to plan for.”
She says they want to ensure Canada’s communities have water systems which can quickly adapt to problems, not just through technology but also through better management.
Conant adds water is not an infinite resource, and people are starting to realize water conservation isn’t an environmental concern, it’s a public health concern.
“Saving water for it’s own sake, it’s not unimportant, but it doesn’t motivate… people have to recognize that water is connected to everything we do, and why it’s a lifeline, and that why it’s important,” she says. “It’s important because it’s connected to everything they care about.” (scb, AMN)