Water-conserving mayor hopes to keep Sask. town flush with cash
The mayor of Battleford, Sask., wants to go with the low-flow and have residents switch to water-stingy toilets.
According to Mayor Chris Odishaw, the roughly 1,500 households in the town each use 75 litres of waterevery day.
He wants to reduce thatfigure by replacing every toilet, shower head and bathroom tap aerator in Battleford withwater-saving units.
New low-flow, dual-flush toilets alone could cut the town's water usage by30 per cent, he said.
"For urine you don't need full flush. It uses a half flush, only three liters of water," he said. "For regular business … it still has a full flush and will clean that toilet no problem at all."
This kind of efficiency could make a big impact on Battleford resident Jim Shevchuk's household. With five people using three bathrooms, they're paying $65a month for water.
"I think we really have to do something about water," he said. "I think there's a lot of wasted water.You just have to look at European countries. We need to do something different."
The mayor said thatif his toilet replacement plan goes ahead, the towncould save up to $3 million in the future.
That's because it won't have to upgrade its existing water treatment plant as the population grows. There are currently about 3,700 people in Battleford.
"We want to save water.We want to save energy and this all clicked together," Odishaw said. "When I started looking at the numbers, I got real excited real fast."
So far, Odishaw's plan is just his own.
He hopes to convince the province to contribute $1 million to replace all the toilets and shower heads in Battleford.