News Online: Edmonton celebrates World Water Day

Published online at on March 22, 2011.

Linda Hoang, Global News: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Edmonton celebrates World Water Day

Tuesday marks World Water Day and here in Edmonton, one local business spent the day celebrating their own reduction of water use.

Over the last few years, Labatt Brewery has asked its employees to come up with ways to save water and so far, more than 200 conservation ideas have been pitched and many have been implemented at the plant.

The ideas have helped the plant reduce water use by 23% — which they say is about the same as 84 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

“We’ve made some changes with how we lubricate our line and how we pasteurize our product,” said Brad Weaver with Labatt Brewery. “We’ve saved up to 100 million litres of water this year alone.”

“We understand the importance of water and it’s part of our global platform to reduce water.”

Weaver says the water reduction plans have also proven to help the brewery’s productivity as well.

World Water Day is meant to bring awareness about water and wasting water, while encouraging individuals to reduce water use around the world.

Along with local events taking place across the city on Tuesday, including water conservation performances and conferences discussing water use across schools, Edmonton organizers have also planned sessions for the whole week.

Edmonton Water Week events include:

Tue. March 22
7 p.m. The Public Trust Doctrine and the Future of Water in Alberta

Featuring Michigan-based attorney and public trust doctrine advocate Jim Olson and University of Alberta water expert Dr. David Schindler
9 p.m. “Wet Your Whistle” Poetry Night
Anight of spoken word and performance poetry to mark World Water Day.

Wed. March 23
7 p.m. As Long As the Rivers Flow: Water Justice & Indigenous Sovereignty

A panel featuring Cree Elder Lillian Shirt, Indigenous rights lawyer Clayton Leonard and Indigenous activist and Greenpeace campaigner Melina Massimo-Laboucan.

Thu. March 24
6 p.m. Tap Out Bottled Water – NOW!

Come learn about bottled water bans on campuses across Canada and brainstorm how to take action.
7 p.m. White Water, Black Gold
Film Screening and panel discussion

Fri. March 25
4 p.m. Water For Life Celebration
Socially conscious live music performers, water-themed art exhibit and science, speakers, and ecology, social justice, and natural health groups’ table displays.

Sat. March 26
2 p.m. Edmonton Water Week’s Ecology Day

Featuring screenings of River Webs and Return of the Red Lake Walleye.

Click for more information on Edmonton Water Week events.

Click here to read the article on the Global Edmonton website.

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