The Residential and Civil Construction Association of Ontario (RCCAO) unveiled a new study that highlights how much water goes to waste in Toronto each day. The study is titled ‘Water Infrastructure in the 21st Century: Smart and Climate-Savvy Asset Management Policies,’ and was completed by a University of Toronto professor in the department of civil and mineral engineering, Tamer E. El-Diraby.
Toronto’s water distribution network system currently services around 3.6 million people. The study claims that 10 to 15 per cent of that water is lost daily due to “leaky and broken pipes,”.
That means the city may be wasting around 103 million litres of water per day, which is equivalent to 40 Olympic-sized pools a day or 15,000 a year. The RCCAO says leakage rates could be far higher in certain areas.
Lou Di Gironimo, the General Manager of Toronto Water, said to CTV News that “unaccounted water loss is 10 per cent or less,” but the RCCAO study says different. “Reports by consultants who conducted actual assessments show that rates in Ontario could be as high as nearly 40 per cent.” said RCCAO.
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