May 13 – 20 is Drinking Water Week in BC!
Do you know where you get your drinking water from at Burke Mountain? Your water comes from local mountain reservoirs and is transported to your tap through a system of pipes, pump stations and water tanks. These mountain reservoirs are in protected watersheds where no recreational or industrial activities are permitted. The Coquitlam Watershed is just above The Foothills at Burke Mountain, and feeds into the Coquitlam River!
It takes a lot of energy to get our water from the reservoirs to our taps. Although it seems like we have a limitless supply of water in the Lower Mainland, we need to do everything we can to protect this precious resource.
By taking part in a challenge on the BC Drinking Water Week Website, you could win a water-themed getaway! Just pledge to do one of the following:
1. "I will limit my shower time to 5 minutes per day"
2. "I will install a water-efficient fixture or appliance in my home, such as a low volume toilet" (Did you know the City of Coquitlam has a Toilet Replacement Rebate Program? Click here for details on how you could save up to $200!)
3. "I will return unused or expired medication to the pharmacy for proper disposal"
4. "I will turn off the tap when brushing my teeth, shaving, doing dishes, or during any other activity that uses water unnecessarily"
5. "I will dispose of household wastes such as cleaners, paints, and grease responsibly instead of putting them down my sink or toilet"
Learn more about your water and how to protect it at the Drinking Water Week website.
Learn more about the City of Coquitlam's Water Supply, quality, and conservation on the City of Coquitlam's Water Supply page.---