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<p>It might be news to Mayor David Miller, but Toronto is leading the pack in water conservation.</p>

Water targets met and surpassed but he didn’t know it


It might be news to Mayor David Miller, but Toronto is leading the pack in water conservation.





Miller told a Michigan news conference while launching his campaign to persuade other mayors to tighten the taps that his own city hadn’t yet reached its 2011 target of a 15 per cent cut to water use.





The fact is we’ve blown that out of the water — lowering our usage by a further one million litres a day — despite a population growth the size of Peterborough.





The information gap, apparently, was caused by the city’s top boss and managers failing to huddle to get their facts straight.





“The city is so big and the right hand doesn’t talk to the left,” Pamela Georgopoulos, the city’s water efficiency manager, said yesterday in her Toronto office.





She didn’t find out until too late that Miller was going to the Grand Rapids, Mich., mayors conference to pitch other municipal leaders on water conservation.





But Miller said he did get briefed, moments before his speech, by Lou Di Gironomo, the city’s general manager of water. “That’s very good news (from Georgopoulos),” Miller said later.





The city set out in 2003 to reduce average water use to 1.18 billion litres a day by 2011. Turns out the rate was down to 1.17 billion litres by the end of 2006. “We’re doing awesome,” said Georgopoulos.


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