Saving water: tackling our toilets and faucets!

More than 1 023 faucet aerators and 534 water displacement bags for toilets have been distributed to our Québec plants.

Drinking water is a precious resource! To make sure we’re using it wisely, we need to take a close look at our consumption habits. In 2012, the company introduced a program to conserve clean water for domestic use in our plants. The program targeted the consumption of water from faucets (kitchen and bathroom sinks) as well as toilets.

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To begin with, a survey was conducted to determine the needs of each plant. Based on the data collected, low-flow faucet aerators and water displacement bags for toilets were installed in the plants.

The numbers speak for themselves

The flow rate for a standard faucet is 30% more than that of a low-flow faucet. Whether you are washing your hands or cleaning vegetables, a reduced flow rate works perfectly well! As for the toilets in our facilities, we installed 3 l bags in the tanks, taking up space and reducing the amount of water used for flushing. Prior to 1980, most toilets used 20 l of water per flush. In the early 1990s, toilets with a 13 l capacity made an appearance, and can still be found in stores. Since then, the volume has been reduced to 6 l and today, we are seeing more and more dual-flush toilets (6 l and 3 l) on the market!

More than 1 023 faucet aerators and 534 water displacement bags for toilets have been distributed to our Canada and United States plants. This is how we save 27 000 m3 of drinking water every year!

Extension of the program

The program, initiated by the Environment Department, has received very positive feedback. So much, in fact, that we have extended it to all our North American plants! What a great opportunity to raise awareness about saving water among all our employees!

What about you? Do you have low-flow fixtures in your house?

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About the Author
Léon Marineau

Léon Marineau's excellent adventure with Cascades began in 2003. Ten years later, he proudly holds the position of Vice-President for the company's environmental practices. His responsibilities include establishing strategies for the plants, to assist them in daily efforts in meeting or exceeding environmental regulatory standards. Leo has a ton of experience from working over 20 years in the paper industry, on top of his two degrees – a BS in Geological Engineering from l’Université Laval, and an MA from the INRS (Institut national de la recherche scientifique).

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