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Global water crises — and what you can do

Posted on March 12, 2018

Last month, we saw news reports discussing the pending water crisis in Cape Town and this think piece which questions how prepared Manitoba would be to handle a similar crisis.

You might be thinking, “Why should we care when fresh water is so abundant in our country?”

Indeed, we are very fortunate. Canada is home to 20% of the world’s freshwater (much of which is frozen or underground), which still means we lay claim to a total of 9% of the world’s renewable freshwater (replenished by rainfall and inflow). With only 0.5% of the world’s population, this makes us very fortunate.

As citizens of a freshwater-rich country like Canada, we have an obligation to make sure that our water remains abundant and healthy in order to sustain us, and the natural world, well into the future.

At FortWhyte Alive we take water seriously – and offer a roster of school and outreach programs dedicated to educate and inspire Canadians from all walks of life to take action in the name of water stewardship.

But we really want to do what we can do drive the lesson home.

A fun and interactive way for families to learn about water and take action in their own home is by participating in The Leak Detector Challenge. In addition to taking real action and saving water, you'll also save money and be entered to win a FortWhyte Alive rain barrel to collect rainwater in your yard this summer. It's a win-win.

Every effort that you make to learn about water – and every action you take to use it thoughtfully – makes an impact. Sign up for the Leak Detector Challenge and make a difference today.


Get started with the Leak Detector Challenge

Get started here.
Deadline for entry is March 31, 2018.
Open to Winnipeg residents only.
Click here for additional information about the challenge and here for further water-saving resources.

FortWhyte Alive delivers the Slow the Flow Youth Education program with support from the City of Winnipeg Water and Waste Department.

March Leak Detector Challenge is held in recognition of WaterSense's Fix a Leak Week (March 19-25) and World Water Day (March 22).