City of Beaconsfield

City of Beaconsfield

July 13, 2007 10:02 ET

City of Beaconsfield Winner of Best Practices Award, Small Cities Sustainablity

CITY OF BEACONSFIELD, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 13, 2007) - Today, the City of Beaconsfield received the Best Practices Award, Small Cities Sustainablity presented by Great Lakes and St-Lawrence Cities Initiatives board.

This North American award, including $ 5, 000 US prize, recognizes the city's efforts to preserve water quality in Lake St-Louis through the sump pump inspection initiative last summer, 2006. The "Sump Pump Patrol"consisted of four students who were hired and trained to inspect sump pump connections in more than 2000 homes in Beaconsfield. About 15% of the homes visited were illegally connected to the sanitary sewer. During the fall of 2006 and spring 2007, close to half of the illegally connected residences modified their system in order to comply with the city by-law. The inspections will continue until the end of summer 2007. Follow-up visits and other steps will be organized in 2008 to reach 100% compliance. This project has reduced the amount of raw sewage dumped into the lake because sump pumps now empty into our ditch system during heavy rains. It also lessened flooding of basements.

"It's a great honour for us to have been selected for this award from all the other excellent cities' initiatives. We are committed to implementing important measures to protect our environment," said Mayor Bob Benedetti.

"Beaconsfield has shown tremendous leadership in improving the quality of our water through its Pump Patrol programme. The programme is comprehensive, effective and shows tremendous innovation through the use of door to door visits to every home.

As 2006-2007 Chair of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative I am proud to award Beaconsfield the small cities sustainability best practices award", said David Miller, Mayor of Toronto and Chair of the GLSLCI board.

The GLSCI Award recognizes the City of Beaconsfield's contribution to the environment through its original and effective sump pump inspection program. It also rewards its continued efforts to improve sustainability in their community.

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (GLSLCI) is a binational coalition of mayors and other local officials that works actively with federal, state, and provincial governments to advance the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes and St-Lawrence River.

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