Water is one of earth’s most valuable natural resources, but it’s also one of the most scarce. Poor water infrastructure, sanitation, and security threaten our water supply, which is why it’s vital we continue to look at ways we can preserve water and promote better access to clean drinking water globally. In 2015, all United Nations Member states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a blueprint for attaining peace and prosperity for people and the planet. Goal 6 on the agenda was to provide clean water and sanitation for all by 2030, but this World Water Day, we’re warned that we’re far from that goal. In honour of World Water Day, the UN 2023 Water Conference is convening to discuss actions that need to take place to bring us closer to fulfilling Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6. Water affects us all and we all have a responsibility to do what we can in our homes, businesses, and communities to conserve and protect water. World Water Day inspires us to think about how we consume and manage water both as individuals and a larger community.
Minto Communities Conserving Water
As a developer, we at Minto Communities are committed to building water conscious communities right from inception. We have water systems and initiatives in place across our communities to prevent the pollution and depletion of water.
At construction sites and homes, we’ve partnered with Better Water Technology (BWT) to lead in the industry with sustainable building practices and create communities that encourage sustainable living. BWT provides modern water treatment products and services that help make this possible, such as water fill stations.
We are proud to be the first major developer in the GTA to implement a fill station for reusable water bottles at construction sites.
BWT’s water filtration systems is installed in our buildings and can also be found in some of our developments’ public spaces
At 123 Portland and The Saint, a built-in water filtration system in every kitchen works to remove chlorine and other unwanted substances from the water, providing residents with high-quality water.
Water efficient plumbing fixtures are used and installed to provide superior performance and efficiency.
A stacked energy and water saving front-loading 24” white dryer and an exterior vented ENERGY STAR© washer, are provided.
Rainwater harvesting system reduces potable water consumption by storing and reusing rainwater for irrigation.
These water initiatives not only help us to be more water conscious as a business, but they also help our residents practice responsible water use in their own lives. There are so many small ways you can conserve water in your everyday life and become more mindful of water usage. These small changes will help you combat the global water crises on an individual level, as well as save you money and energy.
Here are 15 ways you can conserve water in your own life!
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving
- Only use the dishwasher and washing machine when full
- Take shorter showers
- Repair all leaks in your home
- Use low-flow, smart showerheads and toilets
- Use a high-efficiency dishwasher and washing machine
- Avoid ornamental water features
- Stop using the toilet as a wastebasket
- Keep drinking water in the fridge instead of running the tap until water is cool
- Water your lawn only when it needs it
- Try to water the lawn on cooler days and avoid windy days
- Don’t keep the faucet running while washing dishes, fruits, or vegetables
- Clean the driveway and sidewalk with a broom instead of a hose
- Position sprinklers away from paved areas so they only hit your garden/lawn
- Instead of pouring water down the drain, find another use for it (eg. watering plants)