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World Water Day 2017

The City of Peterborough and Otonabee Conservation are hosting an Open House at the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant to celebrate World Water Day, on Wednesday,March 22, 2017. The event will feature guided tours of the Wastewater Treatment Plant and exhibits by local water management agencies.

World Water Day, held annually on March 22, is about taking action on water issues. In 2017,the theme is “Why Waste Water?” with a focus on reducing and reusing wastewater.

The City of Peterborough is fortunate to have a state of the art wastewater treatment plant,thanks to a recent 23 million dollar upgrade. World Water Day is a great opportunity for the public to visit the facility and learn about how wastewater is treated locally.

“It is important to remember that wastewater in one community becomes drinking water inanother community downstream. Water management, from source to tap, is critical tomaintaining good quality and adequate supplies of water, and to sustaining the environmentaland economic vitality of the Peterborough region,” explains Meredith Carter, Manager of theWatershed Management Program at Otonabee Conservation.

Guided tours of the Wastewater Treatment Plant will be offered between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00p.m. Exhibits will feature programs and services offered by local water management agencieswith information on how to reduce or reuse wastewater in and around the home. TheWastewater Treatment Plant is located at 425 Kennedy Road, Peterborough

Globally, the vast majority of all the wastewater from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to nature without being treated or reused – polluting the environment,and losing valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials.Due to population growth, accelerated urbanization and economic development, the quantity of wastewater generated globally is increasing. The United Nations Habitat Program estimates that by 2030 global demand for water is expected to grow by 50%. Most of this demand will be in cities and will require new approaches to wastewater collection and management.World Water Day dates back to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development where an international observance for water was recommended. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. It has been held annually since then as an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference.