|Canadian Water Towers and Standpipes|
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|How They Work|
|An elevated water tower operates by gravity and must be at or near the highest point of the area it serves.
When consumers use less water than the system is pumping, the excess water goes into the water tower through an intake pipe. When they use more water than is being pumped, the water starts flowing out of the tower through a different pipe.
A valve in the water tower monitors the level of water in the tower to prevent an overflow.
Water districts also store water in underground tanks and other types of facilities.
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|Conserving Water and "Watery" Facts|
|Good water is a precious resource, essential to our survival. It is important to care about using water wisely so there will be enough for future generations. By using water wisely, you help ease the burden on water treatment plants, storage and distribution facilities. That means utilities can delay building new facilities, which can be expensive. Reducing the amount of water consumed in the region allows money that would have otherwise been spent on expanding water supply infrastructure to be used for other projects such as drinking water treatment.||
|General Tips on Conserving Water|
Check out the many easy ways you can save water (and money), both in and outside your home. Be Waterwise ... Don't Waste a Drop!
|The Bottom Line|
|Water conservation. The message is clear. If we each save a little, it can add up to major savings in water, energy and money. For the average household, reductions in water use as high as 40% or more are feasible, just by following the steps outlined in this issue in the Freshwater Series.
The benefits don't stop at the household or business. The municipal water and sewer department gets a break on the amount of water it has to pump to our homes and businesses and on the amount of wastewater it has to treat in sewage treatment plants. Water conservation can extend the useful life of municipal water supply and treatment plants, and will benefit the operating efficiency and life expectancy of private septic disposal systems.
And, finally, water conservation can generate significant environmental benefits. It can reduce water diverted and the pollution loadings on our lakes and rivers by reducing the volumes of wastewater which we have to treat. This can help to protect our drinking water and the ecological balance in sensitive aquatic ecosystems.
If we all practice water conservation, everyone and everything benefits.
It takes about 4 liters of water to process a quarter pound of hamburger.
It takes 6,000 liters of water to process 120 liters of beer.
It takes 148,000 liters of water to manufacture a new car, including tires.
Ten liters of water are needed to refine one liter of gasoline.
1.5 million liters of water are needed to produce a single day's supply of U.S. newsprint.
It takes about 3 million liters of water to grow an acre of cotton.
80 percent of the earth's surface is water.
97 percent of the earth's water is seawater.
2 percent of the earth's water supply is locked in icecaps and glaciers.
1 percent of the earth's water is available for drinking.
Water covers nearly three-fourths of the earth's surface.
The overall amount of water on our planet has remained the same since creation.
The five Great Lakes form the largest fresh surface water system in the world.
If all the water in the Great Lakes were spread evenly across the continental US, the ground would be covered with almost 3 meters of water.
Most of the earth's surface water is permanently frozen or salty.
Every 24 hours about 1 million cubic kilometers of water evaporates from the sea and the land
Of all the earth's water, 97 percent is salt water found in oceans and seas.
Over 90% of the world's supply of fresh water is located in Antarctica.
The world's rainiest place is Mt. Wai'ale'ale, Kauai, Hawaii. During an average year, there are only 15 dry days.
There are billions of water molecules in a single water drop.
Once evaporated, a water molecule spends ten days in the air. At room temperature water is a liquid.
When heated to 100 degrees Celsius it becomes a gas. (steam).
When cooled below zero degrees Celsius it becomes a solid (ice).
Water is heavier as a liquid than as a solid which is why ice floats.
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|ON THE MAP|
|Most northern water tower||91.73 Km's. above 60th parallel||Haines Junction, Yukon|
|Most southern water tower||More south than north California!||Kingsville, Ontario|
|Elevation||Highest city in Canada||Airdrie, Alberta|
|Tower with highest volume||7,600,000 liters||Toronto 3, Ontario|
|Standpipe with highest volume||27,276,540 liters||Waterloo, Ontario|
|Tallest spherical water tower||57 meters||Mississauga 1, Ontario|
|Tallest composite tower||54.86 meters||Listowel, Ontario|
|Tallest standpipe - masonry||38 meters||Waterdown, Ontario|
|Tallest standpipe - steel||46.32 meters||Caraquet, New Brunswick|
|Oldest tower still in use||Since 1907||Wetaskiwin, Alberta|
|Oldest standpipe still in use||Since 1891||Cambridge, Ontario|
|.... CAPITAL OF .....|
|Bean Capital of The West||Bow Island, Alberta|
|Tomato Capital of Canada||Leamington, Ontario|
|Canada's Irish Capital||Miramichi, New Brunswick|
|Chocolate Capital of Canada||Smith Falls, Ontario|
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