Glen Laubenstein, City of Winnipeg - Our Water Future: Sustainability in Winnipeg's Water System

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Glen Laubenstein, City of Winnipeg - Our Water Future: Sustainability in Winnipeg's Water System

  1. 1. Our Water Future 2010 Canadian Water Summit Toronto, Ontario Glen Laubenstein, Chief Administrative Officer Sustainability in Winnipeg’s Water System
  2. 2. Winnipeg Population Growth at the Onset of the 20 th Century <ul><li>“ CHICAGO of the NORTH” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1874 - 1,869 People </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1890 - 23,000 People </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1902 - 50,000 People </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1910 - 132,720 People </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1913 - 215,000 People </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1920 - 250,000 People </li></ul></ul>Actual growth to 1920 Actual growth to date
  3. 3. Shoal Lake Aqueduct – 91 Years Of Service ! Serving Winnipeg since March 1919 Photo: August 1915
  4. 4. Shoal Lake Aqueduct Rehabilitation
  5. 5. Water Conservation Program Mission <ul><li>“ To Increase water use efficiency in Winnipeg without negatively impacting the quality of life enjoyed by Winnipeggers, to defer expansions to the water supply system.” </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>What is the City is currently doing? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Slow the Flow Program” – Water Conservation Kits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web site – Information on low flush toilets and other water efficient fixtures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dual flush toilet replacement credits – started Oct 16, 2009 </li></ul></ul>Water Conservation
  7. 7. Winnipeg Historical Water Demand
  8. 8. Water Demand Projections
  9. 9. Winnipeg’s Water Treatment Plant
  10. 10. Water Treatment Plant Facts <ul><li>Water Treatment Plant Design Life projected to be 2040 </li></ul><ul><li>Maximum Finished Water Production – 400 million litres/day </li></ul><ul><li>Cost $300 Million </li></ul><ul><li>Treated water sent to the City Dec 9, 2009 </li></ul>
  11. 11. Our Future: Water Sensitive Urban Design <ul><li>An integrated approach to managing the </li></ul><ul><li>urban water cycle: </li></ul><ul><li>Potable water (drinking water) </li></ul><ul><li>Wastewater </li></ul><ul><li>Stormwater </li></ul>With the goal of protecting natural resources & providing water supply resilience to our communities.
  12. 12. Rainwater Harvesting & Green Strategies <ul><li>Available Technologies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Residential Rain Barrels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commercial Tanks/Cisterns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sump Pump discharge </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A free source to supplement water supply </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Reduces Wastewater Production but not wastewater loading </li></ul><ul><ul><li>backflow prevention (CSA-B128.1-06) needs to be assured </li></ul></ul>Greywater Recycling <ul><li>Avoid Organics: </li></ul><ul><li>Kitchen sinks </li></ul><ul><li>Toilets </li></ul>
  14. 14. Thank You

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