In response to the commitment of 49 of the National Water Policy, Quebec adopted the Drinking Water Saving Strategy. This is part of the global context of tighter policies on water, in a perspective of integrated management and sustainable development.
Quebec is one of the largest consumers of water in the world. In 2006, the drinking water production was 35% higher than the Canadian average and 62% higher than Ontario. The volume of water distributed was 795 liters per person per day, while the Canadian average was 591 and that of Ontario was 491.
The strategy objectives for 2017:
- Reduce by at least 20% the average amount of water distributed per person in Quebec compared to 2001
- Reduce leakage rates for all water systems to a maximum of 20% of the volume of water distributed and a maximum of 15 cubic meters per day per kilometer of networks
Starting in 2012, municipalities must:
- Produce a status report and an action plan, including a list of proposed water-saving measures and adopt regulations on drinking water;
- Produce a report on the use of water, measure the water supply and, if necessary, implement a detection and repair program for leaks;
- Report annually on water management to city council.
If targets are not met, municipalities must:
- Install water meters in the non-residential sector;
- Introduce appropriate pricing after consultation with the municipal sector.
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