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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Twenty municipalities in Canada and
nine in the United States have adopted a goal of reducing water
consumption 15 percent by 2015, according to a coalition of Great
Among the largest participants are Chicago; Grand Rapids; Buffalo,
N.Y.; Hamilton, Ontario; Montreal; Rochester, N.Y.; Toledo, Ohio; and
Eleven of the 29 municipalities already have formal
water-conservation plans in place, officials at the Great Lakes and
St. Lawrence Cities Initiative said.
The Chicago-based group is a coalition of mayors and other local
officials from the two neighboring nations that works with federal,
state and provincial governments to advance the protection and
restoration of the Great Lakes.
The mayors within the group passed a resolution last year to which
municipalities could voluntarily commit that calls for the 15 percent
reduction in water use. Some cities, such as Toronto, already had
established conservation programs.
Toronto's plan, in place since 2001, will cost an estimated $74.3
million through 2011 but save the city more than $220 million in
equivalent capital-infrastructure costs.
It's also expected to save $29 million in operating costs during
the period and $4.5 million per year thereafter. The Toronto plan
also will reduce carbon dioxide emissions and lower residential water
bills, the coalition said.
The group's representatives plan to reconvene before 2015 to
develop a 2025 goal.
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