Most of us don’t think much about how we get our water. It’s almost always available and relatively inexpensive. For the vast majority in Canada it’s just one of the great benefits of living here. However, the result is that we Canadian’s are not very good at managing our water consumption, as you can see in the graph below.
There’s a pretty clear inverse correlation between the price of water and the consumption of water. It makes sense. Generally the more something costs, the more careful people are with it. That’s pretty similar to how we manage electricity too.
Our domestic water requires both water treatment and power for pumping. Old pumping system were generally very inefficient designs because electricity was cheap and technology was expensive. That’s one of the problems we had with the old domestic cold water booster pumps at Toronto General Hospital.