The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Cheers to fresh water during Canada Water Week

WHITBY, ON March 21, 2016

The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department is reminding residents about the value of fresh water during Canada Water Week (March 21 to 27) and on World Water Day (March 22).

“About 95 per cent of water in Durham’s system comes from Lake Ontario, with the rest coming from underground sources and Lake Simcoe,” says John Presta, Director of Environmental Services. “Canada Water Week and World Water Day provide an important reminder on how fortunate we are in Canada to have an abundant supply of clean drinking water sources.”

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

Water is a precious commodity and by introducing water-efficient practices at home, we can reduce the amount of water we use. For example, a leaking toilet can lose more than 1,000 litres of water per week. To learn more about water efficiency visit

Canada Water Week is an annual celebration of water organized by The Gordon Foundation, Living Lakes Network Canada, the Canadian Freshwater Alliance and WWF. For more information, visit

International World Water Day is an annual event that began in 1993, in which the world comes together to focus on the importance of fresh water and the sustainable management of water resources. For more information, visit

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

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