The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Durham Region encourages everyone to celebrate World Water Day

WHITBY, ON March 18, 2015

The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department is reminding residents about the value of fresh water on International World Water Day, taking place on March 22.

“World Water Day provides an important reminder on how fortunate we are in Canada to have an abundant supply of clean drinking water sources,” says John Presta, Director of Environmental Services. “It’s essential that we take measures to protect and conserve this natural resource. About 95 per cent of water in Durham’s system comes from Lake Ontario, with the rest coming from underground sources and Lake Simcoe.”

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. It remains one of the most economical services that residents rely on.

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. To learn more about water efficiency 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. 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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