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Saturday
Aug032013

Why Would we Conserve Water?

Herald Homes – The Chronicle Herald
Sherry Donovan, NSHBA

The topic of water has been loud and clear over the past weeks and months as we start to see significant increases in our water bills, and if they haven’t increased in all areas of the province, there is always a possibility if not now, than in the future, so when it comes to water, there is one theme – CONSERVATION.

New construction, under the Nova Scotia Building Code, is mandated to use low flow taps, showers and toilets and the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association (NSHBA) would like to see conservation of water a part of all existing houses as well.

This stems from the fact that in the Halifax Regional Municipality, Halifax Water will be looking for $2.5 billion over the next 30 years from new and existing customers of the utility. Six hundred million dollars of this will be borne by new home purchasers in the form of a “growth fee” on Building Permits over this time period.

So what can we do about this? We can look at the way we use water in our own homes and start to make changes that will reduce water consumption, reduce the need for such added costs if you want to purchase a new home and, while you’re at it, you will save money on your water bills.

 “Water conservation makes perfect sense,” says Paul Pettipas, NSHBA chief executive officer. “Nova Scotia is a leader in energy efficiency, so why don’t we step up and add water conservation to the things our province is great at accomplishing?”

This week, take a walk through your home, inside and out and identify what areas you are using the most water. Are you wasting water? Are there things you can do to reduce your consumption and create more water efficient practices? Next week we will look at specific water conservation practices that you can implement that will not only reduce your consumption, but will save you money.

For more information on building or renovating visit www.nshomebuilders.ca.

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