SURREY — The City of Surrey's Operation Save H2O initiative has proven effective in lowering water consumption of restaurants throughout the city.
Last year, 11 restaurants participated in the program's Water Wise Establishment campaign, which focuses on how restaurants can cut back on water usage. Campaign leader Jenny Liu said the Kalmar Family Restaurant did the most to save water.
"They were really a stand-out in how far they went in their water conservation efforts," said Liu. "Not only did their staff think of new and innovative ways for them to save water - they actually spent $10,000 to upgrade their water-cooled freezer to an air-cooled freezer.
"For all their efforts, they actually cut down on their water usage by 50 per cent."
Liu added that in addition to continuing the restaurant campaign, Operation Save H2O is now targeting water usage at parks and recreation centres as part of its industrial, commercial and institutional sector outreach.
"We go in and we do a high-level water audit of the recreation centre's facilities," she said, adding they give the centres tools to adjust their consumption. "We look at their pools, their washrooms, outdoor irrigation habits, showers, everything like that."
The City of Surrey has announced it is launching a year-long pilot project focusing on how residents can conserve water and save money, while also working toward the city's sustainability goals.
The project, set to launch this fall, will educate residents of 15 multi-family buildings on waste diversion and water and energy conservation. It also aims to create opportunities for youth employment and skills development.
"This program is a win-win in terms of its benefits," said Coun. Bruce Hayne, who also chairs the city's environmental sustainability advisory committee. "It is cost-efficient, the education provided will help residents save money, and it is aligned with the goals of the city's Sustainability Charter."
For more about Operation Save H2O, visit surrey.ca/city-services/3643.aspx.
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