On November 23rd, 2010, Ecojustice celebrated alongside our Ontario Water Conservation Alliance partners the creation of a new Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act for Ontario.
- Set meaningful targets and measuring performance Targets build momentum for improvement and accurate performance measurements ensure we succeed. Accountability can be maintained through mandatory monitoring and reporting of targets.
- Require conservation plans, establishing efficiency standards and supporting green infrastructure Linking water conservation requirements explicitly to infrastructure grants will ensure we do not repeat past mistakes. In addition, land use planning, landscape design and building decisions should incorporate innovative water conservation, leafy green infrastructure and low impact development approaches.
- Foster market transformation and a culture of conservation The province should lead by example and ensure public sector buildings, operations and facilities initiate and embrace conservation plans and water efficient procurement policies. This would feed into a broader social marketing strategy with the goal of instilling a province-wide “ethic of water stewardship.”