In 2013 a water park was built in Des Mésanges Park. The municipal council saw fit to provide area residents with the facility, but still wanted to minimize the amount of municipal water used. To obtain accurate data, a water meter was installed and readings were taken regularly. The data showed that water consumption was greater than the manufacturer’s specifications.
Consequently, the municipal council took action to reduce the water consumption to an acceptable amount. New nozzles were installed on the various water features, reducing water consumption by 45%, and in spring 2014 a 4 000-litre reservoir was installed to recover some of the used water. The NDIP horticulture team now uses the recovered water to water plants and trees in the municipality. The two actions taken have resulted in less waste and better use of used water.
A lesson learned that will be helpful in the construction of Des Éperviers Park!