Be Water Wise this Summer

Langley Times - August 5, 2008

One hour, once a week. That's all the watering it takes to maintain a healthy lawn in the summer, and the Township of Langley's Water Wise team is hoping residents take that message to heart.

From now until Aug. 29, Water Wise volunteers and students will go door to door in areas of Walnut Grove to teach residents about the importance of groundwater resources, and the need to protect them.

"This year our target is to hit 500 homes, to provide residents with practical information and educate them about behavioural changes that can contribute to the conservation of their drinking water," said WaterWise technician Ashley Aune.

Water Wise is a Township of Langley outreach program which gives the public the tools they need to reduce the amount of water they use. The Township holds workshops, offers rain barrels and water conservation kits at a subsidized cost, and provides a toilet rebate program.

Launched in 2002, Water Wise targets a different neighbourhood each summer for a door-to-door educational campaign, and relies on volunteers to help spread the message.

"In order for the 2008 Water Wise campaign to be successful, we need the support of the community," said WaterWise technician, Kim Tendland-Frenette."We are currently looking for volunteers interested in protecting the Township's groundwater supply."

This year, the campaign will focus on the Township's new ONE Water Conservation Challenge. ONE - Our New Environment - is a corporate program launched by the municipality to help employees reduce their footprint on the environment, and urge the community to do the same.

"The Water Wise team will be encouraging residents to join the ONE Water Conservation Challenge," said Township Environmental Coordinator Mark Sloat, who noted that half of the Township's water supply comes from the ground.