Feedback sought on water management plan
The province’s water managers want voters to help keep Toronto’s water free from pollutants. ( Chris So / Toronto Star ) Mayor Rob Ford arrives for a council meeting in 2015. ( TORONTO STAR )
The latest plan to change Toronto’s water-saving rules includes a controversial move that would bring Toronto’s water supply under control by forcing users to get rid of as much phosphorus fertilizer from their lawns as po바카라ssible. The proposal, which the city has proposed and is reviewing, would require everyone in Toronto to get rid of at least 10 kilograms of fertilizer from their lawns, which amounts to 15.5 per cent of their lawns, per person. Other measure더킹카지노s to manage sewage in sewage treatment plants, water treatment plants and recycling bins could also be implemented under the plan. The new proposal is on the books under a water-saving initiative launched by Environment Minister Glen Murray, under the umbrella of the Water Stewardship Council, the Toronto Parks Foundation and the Ontario Municipal Board. The city spent the past three months consulting with various stakeholders and the public to betnatyasastra.comter understand the plan before proposing it — the largest municipal water-management system in North America and more than 10,000 residents opposed.
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“I believe in science. I believe you make a public commitment on science, when there’s a clear, accurate, verifiable link between what you’re proposing and the evidence, that this is going to result in an improvement in water quality for Toronto residents and the environment,” said the mayor on Thursday during a meeting of council’s water committee. “The goal here is to set a target. At least 15 per cent in 20 years that we’re not in the worst shape we could be.” Murray said Thursday that the target is “more realistic than the level of phosphorus that can be applied to a lawn.” “There’s no good reason that I am proposing that there is no more phosphorous in Ontario,” Murray said. “I am not suggesting anything new, but a better understanding of our phosphorus cycle needs to begin with a change in our phosphorus use.” The new plan would require all residential lawns to cut some or all of their nitrogen fertilizer from their lawns, which the city estimates will save the city $10 million a year. The target is 10 kilograms per person per year for a standard-size lawn. A Toronto Parks Foundation study released last month estimated the average daily nitrogen fertilizer usage of residential lawns is 25 kilograms. Other sources of nitrogen are used in gardens, lawns and gardens where plant