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A week to think about water

Tri-City residents are being asked to take the tap water pledge during the province-wide Drinking Water Week, May 1 to 7.

Tri-City residents are being asked to take the tap water pledge during the province-wide Drinking Water Week, May 1 to 7.

The city of Port Coquitlam has officially proclaimed the week while Coquitlam city hall is hosting an open house next Tuesday to show where local water comes from and how to conserve the resource.

Among the tips offered by the BC Water and Waste Association and the provincial government, which are sponsoring the week, are:

take shorter showers;

check toilets and faucets for leaks;

turn off the water while brushing your teeth;

buy water-efficient appliances;

and install low-flow shower heads.

Participants at the open house who take a water test can be entered in a draw to win a rain barrel or one of six water-wise kits. As well, an entry form for a children's colouring contest will also be available and the mobile water wagon will be parked for residents to recycle their plastic water bottles.

The open house will be held at Coquitlam city hall, 3000 Guildford Way, on Tuesday, May 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

jwarren@tricitynews.com

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