No doubt most of you have noticed that your lawns and gardens are not as green as other years. We have had a dry summer but it’s been great for the tourists. This dry summer has brought to the surface Charlottetown’s overuse of our water source, the Winter River.
For years, we have known that our water source was not enough to sustain the growing City of Charlottetown and our excessive use of water. Many of us were educated to believe that water was of endless supply and just simply refreshed with the rain. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case and we have all been using too much water for too long.
While the City of Charlottetown is looking for a new water source it will not resolve the fact that we all need to conserve. I am happy to hear and see many people conserving water through fixing leaks, taking shorter showers and not watering gardens and lawns as often.
Last fall, I held a Town Hall on Water and committed to bring together the panel again this fall to see what we were able to accomplish. I invite you all to come on October 10th at 7pm at the Guild so we can continue to learn how our actions and policies affect our water.
Picture: I met with Richard MacEwen, Assistant Manager of Water/Sewer Utility and Ramona Doyle, Water Conservation Program Coordinator for the City of Charlottetown on the latest update yesterday.