Mayors Protecting and Restoring the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence River

Milwaukee’s Comprehensive Sustainability and Water Plan

“The City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s…”ReFresh Milwaukee” program covers eight issue areas (buildings, energy, food system, human capital, land & urban ecosystems, mobility, resource recovery and water) and identifies two catalytic projects where adaptation and resiliency are at the core of the projects (“Inner Harbor 2020” economic and ecological redevelopment of Milwaukee’s inner harbor and the Milwaukee estuary; and HOME GR/OWN which increases access and demand for local healthy food). Across the eight issue areas there 25 goals and 53 targets for the City and its partners to achieve in the next 10 years.”

Water Conservation Framework – Participating Cities Best Practices

This document from the Cities Initiative gathers summaries of the best practices of cities participating to the Water Conservation Framework program. Participating cities that feature in this file are: St. Catharines, Toronto, Durham Region, Region of Peel, Chicago, Hamilton, Montreal, Buffalo, Beaconsfield, Rochester, Cobourg and Sault Ste. Marie. Best practices are sorted into these categories: “Public Education and Outreach”, “Rebate Programs for Water Efficient Appliances”, “Universal Metering”, “Water main Rehabilitation, Leak Detection and Repair” and “Conservation Rate Structures”.

Toronto Outdoor Water Efficiency

The Toronto Outdoor Water Efficiency program is a multi-pronged approach to educating citizens about efficient uses of water. The two primary goals were reducing water use during peak hours and encouraging citizens to plant water-friendly gardens. The campaign included information about water-friendly plants and other lawn and garden practices. The city began this campaign as an alternative measure to increasing flow capacity; instead, the city invested resources in water use reduction efforts.

City of Chicago Water Education Campaign

In 2005, the City of Chicago began a water education campaign to demonstrate grassroots stormwater best management practices through rain barrels and rain gardens. 400 residences were equipped with rain barrels, and the city estimated that over 170,000 gallons of water were conserved from these rain barrel installations. Additional information about the campaign's ongoing programs can be found by clicking on the adjacent link.

Energy Management with Water Loss Control – Leak Detection

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The City of Thunder Bay developed an electronic leak detection program; the program has conserved the city's water and provides rapid response to leaking pipes in municipal water infrastructure. This program is also economically beneficial for the city. The strategy was submitted to the Cities Initiative as part of the Water Conservation Framework Program.


Coin Operated Solar Powered Water Dispenser

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The town of Penetanguishene, Ontario implemented a Coin Operated Solar Powered Water Dispensing station, which was submitted to the Cities Initiative as part of the Water Conservation Framework program. The program conserves municipal water and economically benefits the community.