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Alberta water users take new tack

Some of Alberta’s largest users of waters – including irrigators — are taking action to develop and implement water conservation, efficiency and productivity plans as part of the province’s renewed Water for Life strategy.

The Alberta Water Council released a report today outlining 21 recommendations for water conservation, efficiency and productivity sector planning to guide seven Alberta sectors in setting and meeting water conservation, efficiency and productivity goals. 

The sectors involved include the chemicals industry, forestry, irrgators, mining companies, municipalities, the oil and gas industry and power generators. All are active members of the Alberta Water Council, and have committed to developing Water Conservation, Efficiency and Productivity (WCEP) plans by December 2010 through their various sector associations. 

The WCEP plans will take a sectoral approach to meeting specific conservation, efficiency and productivity targets, with implementation at the regional level, on a company by company, or community by community basis. 

All of the plans will be made available to the public, and accountability for implementation will come through an annual reporting process through the Alberta Water Council.

“The commitment by some of Alberta’s largest water users to change the way they think about and use water is a significant milestone for the renewed Water for Life strategy,” said Alberta environment minister Rob Renner. “If all Albertans were to develop and act on conservation plans like this, we would go a long way to securing a safe and sustainable water supply both for today and well into the future.”

Water availability has been identified repeatedly in recent years as a key limiting factor for Alberta’s future economic development.

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