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<< Back to: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

ICLEI Members committing to conserve water

ICLEI Members that are part of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative have made a commitment to reduce water consumption by 15 percent by the year 2015. About half of those cities already have conservation plans underway, 11 of them having saved 219.56 billion litres (58 billion gallons) of water since the year 2000. The commitment was made by a number of ICLEI Members at the annual meeting of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, held in Grand Rapids (Michigan, U.S.A.) from 11-13 July 2007.  These Members include Toronto (Canada) and Chicago (Illinois, U.S.A.). Cities Initiative past-Chair Mayor David Miller of Toronto (Canada) said that water conservation is a win-win for cities.  “It conserves a precious resource, and it drastically reduces our energy use, which reduces greenhouse gases and saves us money,” Mayor Miller said.  “I’m proud of what the Cities Initiative’s water conservation challenge has achieved in such a short time.  We have already conserved enough water to fill 85,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.  Collectively, we intend to change the nature of water consumption in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence basin.” The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative was founded by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley in 2003 as a binational (Canada and the U.S.A.) coalition of mayors and other local officials that works actively with its membership and other levels of government to advance the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.  For more information, please visit their website at www.glslcities.org.