The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Durham Region celebrates World Water Day

WHITBY, ON March 17, 2014 – The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department is reminding residents about the value of fresh water on the 11th annual International World Water Day, taking place on March 22.

"Durham Region's municipal water supply customers have access to clean, safe drinking water delivered in an economical manner, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. About 95 per cent of water in our system comes from Lake Ontario, with the rest coming from underground sources and Lake Simcoe," says John Presta, Director of Environmental Services. "World Water Day is a great reminder to residents and businesses to practise water efficiency."

Water is a precious commodity and by introducing water-efficient practices at home, we can reduce the amount of water we use and the amount of water that needs to be treated at Regional facilities. For example, a leaking toilet can lose more than 1,000 litres of water per week. For more water efficiency tips, visit

Municipal drinking water in Durham Region goes through a rigorous purification process. It is screened, treated and filtered to remove impurities; disinfected; and then pumped through the distribution system before being delivered to homes and businesses on the municipal water supply system.

The Region of Durham works to protect local water quality, and the natural environment, through a variety of measures. Last year, updates to the Region's Sewer Use By-law No. 55-2013 introduced more protection for local rivers, lakes and streams by establishing limits for pollutants commonly discharged into Regional sewers. The Region's water pollution control plants treat the wastewater acquired in the sanitary sewer system before it is discharged back into local waterways. To view this by-law, visit

International World Water Day is an annual event that began in 1993, after a recommendation at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). As a result, each year on March 22, people come together to focus their attention on the importance of fresh water and the sustainable management of water resources.

For more information on Durham Region's water systems, visit


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