Water Needs Energy, and Energy Needs Water: Canadian Power

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Water Needs Energy, and Energy Needs Water: Canadian Power

by Robyn Hall
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A quarter of the energy supply in Ontario is provided by renewable waterpower. On the flip side “generating steam and pumping, treating and heating water consume 40% of Ontario’s natural gas and 12% of our electricity usage.” 

The water/energy nexus is all around us here, but like the lost rivers that used to run through the City of Toronto, the energy intensive nature of water provision is invisible to most people. A 2011 RBC water attitudes survey notes that “Only four in 10 (40 percent) Canadians make the connection between water and electricity, understanding that it requires energy to treat and pump water; one-third (32 per cent) don't think at all about the connection.”   

Locally there are many opportunities for water and energy – and by extension GHG – savings still to be tapped. A panel of experts and the water community recently gathered at a Canadian Water Resource Association event Water & Energy: Urban Infrastructure Explored to discuss the connections and solutions between these two major resources.

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Robyn Hall - Based in Toronto, I am a graduate of the Masters of Information (MI) program at the University of Toronto, and the former Communications Manager at Canadian Business for Social Responsibility and Ontario-based Alterna Savings credit union. Most recently, I had the opportunity to be a project media archivist at TVOntario, working with legacy film and video on a wide range of social and environmental topics at Ontario's educational broadcaster. I'm long-time believer that businesses of whatever type - co-op, private, public - are critical to the process of social and environmental change.

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