by Ben Thompson article The water treatment plant in Toronto, Ontario has become the first Canadian city to make the transition to using digesters.
Digesters are pumped through a water system to provide water to homes and businesses, but they also capture wastewater.
Digester water is often used for water purification.
Toronto Water spokesperson David O’Connor said the plant is currently only using about one-third of its original water supply, but that will soon change to half as the plant has been adding more to the system.
“We’re trying to reduce our water usage and increase the use of the digester,” O’Conner said.
“Digester water uses are increasing significantly.”
The city also recently launched a website to help residents navigate their water needs.
In Toronto, there are more than 20 different water systems, but Toronto Water is using its digester for just three.
“The digester is the one water that is available to Toronto that can be used to provide drinking water,” O ‘Connor said.
Toronto’s water system is the largest municipal water system in Canada and is currently operated by the Ontario Municipal Board.
The digester will provide about 60,000 litres of water per day for the city’s residents.
Read more about Toronto’s digesters: Toronto’s city council approved a budget request for 2018-19 that included $20 million in new funding for the digesters, which were built in the late 1990s to capture more than two million litres of wastewater a day.
Toronto is one of only a handful of Canadian cities that have converted their municipal water systems to digesters and is working to bring other municipalities to the same standard.
Toronto Water said the diggers will be the first in Canada to be able to capture wastewater from all municipal water sources.
It will cost about $40 million to convert the system to a digester, which means the water will cost the city $5.5 million to build, according to O’Connors statement.