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Water plays an instrumental role in the foundation of many of the world’s religions. Whether it is used as part of ritual cleansing and purification or embraced as a symbol of growth and fertility, …

Water plays an instrumental role in the foundation of many of the world’s religions. Whether it is used as part of ritual cleansing and purification or embraced as a symbol of growth and fertility, the concept of water management and conservation is integral to the religious practices of many faiths.


The goal of this seminar is to rekindle our connection towards the sanctity of water, provide proactive tips that faith groups can use to increase awareness within their congregations and optimize the overall water efficiency of both our homes and institutions. The target audience will be faith communities and homes.

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  • 1. WaterA Sacred Trust
  • 2. ONE THOUGHT The human brain now holds the key to our future. We have to recall the image of the planet fromouter space: a single entity in which air, water, and continents are interconnected. That is our home. - David Suzuki Muaz Nasir | W ater – A Sacred Trust | 09/20/2 012
  • 3. AGENDAToronto Water Water Efficiency Education/Awareness ResourcesBrief background Proactive actions Creative ideas to Accessibleof water use in that can be taken increase resources thatToronto and the to improve both awareness of provide a wealthimportance of indoor and water use in your of knowledge forwater outdoor water use. community. your congregation.conservation. Muaz Nasir | W ater – A Sacred Trust | 09/20/2 012
  • 4. Toronto Water
  • 5. TORONTO WATER Mission Statement To provide quality water services through supplying drinking water and the treatment of wastewater andstormwater to residents, businesses and visitors in order to protect public health, safety and property in an environmentally and a fiscally responsible manner. Muaz Nasir | W ater – A Sacred Trust | 09/20/2 012
  • 6. QUESTIONS Why should I How can water should I be What can I do to efficiency helpconcerned about conserve water? our community? water? Where do I How much will start? this cost? Muaz Nasir | W ater – A Sacred Trust | 09/20/2 012
  • 7. WHY CONSERVE?Muaz Nasir | W ater – A Sacred Trust | 09/20/2 012
  • 8. COMMUNITY IMPACTMuaz Nasir | W ater – A Sacred Trust | 09/20/2 012
  • 9. ACTIONMuaz Nasir | W ater – A Sacred Trust | 09/20/2 012
  • 10. WaterEfficiency
  • 11. FIXTURESToilets Urinals Faucets ShowerheadsLow-flow and High performance Flow constrictors Low-flowdual-flush models and waterless such as aerators showerheads withcan curb water urinals can reduce save water, a shut-off valveconsumption by at water use. reduce splashing reduce theleast half. and enhance low- amount of water pressure faucets. wasted. Muaz Nasir | W ater – A Sacred Trust | 09/20/2 012
  • 12. PRE-RINSE SPRAY NOZZLE A pre-rinse spray valve uses a blast of water to rinse off excess food waste before loading them into a dishwasher. •Reduced water costs: Less water flowing at a higher velocity can be used to achieve the same goal. •Improved efficiency: Low-flow units have a higher water velocity and more effective spray patterns. •Less stress on the dishwasher: More food is removed resulting in an efficient dishwasher cycle and increases the longevity of your dishwashing unit.Muaz Nasir | W ater – A Sacred Trust | 09/20/2 012
  • 13. GRAYWATER Non-industrial wastewater generated from domestic processes such as dish washing, laundry and bathing. •Step 1 Collect: Graywater is automatically collected from your shower, bath and washing machine. •Step 2 Filter: Lint and other impurities are intercepted and graywater is filtered through a progressive filtration technology without any chemicals. •Step 3 Flourish: The filtered water is automatically pumped via dripper irrigation to areas of your garden.Muaz Nasir | W ater – A Sacred Trust | 09/20/2 012
  • 14. OUTDOOR WATER Locally Efficient Adapted Irrigation Plants Technology Non-potable Xeriscaping WaterMuaz Nasir | W ater – A Sacred Trust | 09/20/2 012
  • 15. RAINWATER HARVESTING The process of collecting, storing and using rainwater for alternate uses. •Outdoor watering: Stored rainwater can be used for irrigation of lawns and gardens during dry periods. •Indoor non-potable uses: Filtered rainwater can be used to flush toilets and urinals. •Innovative uses: Rainwater can be incorporated into water features such as fountains and bird baths. Potential laundry uses as well.Muaz Nasir | W ater – A Sacred Trust | 09/20/2 012
  • 16. Education &Awareness
  • 17. WATER FOOTPRINT The interest in the water footprint is rooted in the recognition that human impacts on freshwater systems can ultimately be linked to human consumption, and that issues like water shortages and pollution can be better understood and addressed by considering production and supply chains as a whole. Water problems are often closely tied to the structure of the global economy. Many countries have significantly externalized their water footprint, importing water- intensive goods from elsewhere. This puts pressure on the water resources in the exporting regions, where too often mechanisms for wise water governance and conservation are lacking.Muaz Nasir | W ater – A Sacred Trust | 09/20/2 012
  • 18. UN WATER The scope of UN-Water’s work encompasses all aspects of freshwater and sanitation, including surface and groundwater resources and the interface between freshwater and seawater and water-related disasters. UN-Water was established to promote coherence and coordination in UN System initiatives that are related to UN-Water’s scope of work and contribute to the implementation of the agenda defined by the 2000 Millennium Declaration and the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development. UN-Water has 26 members from the UN System and external partners representing various organizations and civil society.Muaz Nasir | W ater – A Sacred Trust | 09/20/2 012
  • 19. WATER FESTIVAL Children’s water festivals are a creative and innovative way to introduce young people to the importance of conserving water and protecting our watersheds. There are over 25 festivals across the province organized by local conservation authorities, municipalities and environmental organizations.Muaz Nasir | W ater – A Sacred Trust | 09/20/2 012
  • 20. ACTIONMuaz Nasir | W ater – A Sacred Trust | 09/20/2 012
  • 21. Resources
  • 22. WEBSITESToronto Water: www.toronto.ca/watereffChildren’s Water Education Council: http://www.cwec.ca/American Water Works Association: http://www.awwa.org/Water Footprint Network: http://www.waterfootprint.org/UN Water: http://www.unwater.org/Water – Use it Wisely: http://wateruseitwisely.com/Alliance for Water Efficiency: http://www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org/ Muaz Nasir | W ater – A Sacred Trust | 09/20/2 012