BY McMaster Water Network Student Chapter
ON February 9, 2017
To celebrate World Water Day in March, McMaster Water Network Student Chapter launched the #HumansofWater campaign! They wanted to highlight the pivotal role water has in all of their lives, whether it’s for work, play, health, or something else.
“As a Master’s of Urban Planning student at Ryerson University, located in Downtown Toronto, the impact and importance of water in the sustainable development of the city is a familiar discussion. Water shortages and floods are becoming more frequent, and the resulting damage is increasingly severe. Planning for these natural disasters is critical in order to secure the health and well-being of the population, safety of the community, protection of the environment, and the economic growth and development of the city. Thus to a planner, water is as much an opportunity as it is a risk. Water can contribute to the beautification of public spaces and parks while helping to moderate the climate, but it also poses several challenges. Cities permanently alter the natural water cycle with the construction of impervious surfaces, and as the urban population continues to grow, the demand for adequate water infrastructure and facilities intensifies. Water is one of life’s basic necessities, and as an urban planner it is my duty to ensure the sustainable and equitable management of water in cities and safe, reliable access to it for the whole population.”
- Christina Borowiec (back, "CANADA" toque), MA student, Ryerson University