The Ecology Action Centre plans to paint Halifax’s murky green harbour a more environmentally friendly shade of blue as part of a series of events focused around the city’s main water feature.

“In this time with no sewage treatment, we have to be extra careful,” the centre’s water coordinator Jocelyne Rankin said yesterday. “This begins with just better practices at home.”

Some good deeds on the month-long list of activities include fixing leaks, cleaning up a beach and learning the dos and donts of flushing.


Water month kicks off with Fix a Leak Week, an opportunity for HRM residents to learn how to reduce water waste at home and lower their water bills at the same time. A home renovation professional from the Ecology Action Centre and a water expert from the Halifax Water Commission will share tips with Haligonians at the centre at 7 p.m. Sept. 2.

During week two of Paint The Town Blue, residents can take a guided tour of the HRM Watershed to find out where their drinking water comes from and how to protect it.

“A lot of people don’t necessarily trust our drinking water,” Rankin said. “Having an opportunity to go look at this rather pristine watershed is a really good opportunity for people to learn."

The tour begins at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 10.

On Sept. 19, the centre will co-host the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up Kick Off event at Black Rock Beach in Point Pleasant Park at 10 a.m.

During the last week of September, anyone who feels up for an adventure can take a trip to McNabs Island to see where the things they flush end up.

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