The Water Brothers share some tips for Canada Water Week

Photo compliments of Tyler Mifflin, The Water Brothers

By Alex Mifflin

For the past year and a half, my brother Tyler and I have been travelling the world exploring incredible water-related environmental stories. Whenever we return home our friends and family all want to know how they can make a positive difference in their daily lives. So, here are three questions you can ask yourself and some tips to help you get started:

1) Where does my drinking water come from and what are the big threats to this freshwater supply?

Find out where your municipality or township sources their water and then figure out how to improve the health of your local watershed. Usually these can be very simple actions like avoiding putting pesticides and artificial fertilizers on your lawn or disposing of pharmaceuticals and hazardous chemicals properly (and not down the drain or toilet!). Most municipalities across North America will provide the proper disposal methods on their websites.

2) What part of the ocean does the seafood on my plate actually come from and how was it caught (or grown)?

All major commercial fish stocks are predicted to collapse by the year 2048. Our oceans are in crisis and our eating habits are the main cause. The good news is that by simply asking the right questions and being more careful about what you choose to eat you can play an important role in healing our oceans! Use a or pocket seafood guide or smartphone app so you will always know the best choices.

3) How can I make my home more water efficient?

It might surprise you but your lawn and your toilet are the two biggest water guzzlers in your home. Try installing a new low flow or dual flush toilet if you don’t already have one (rebates are often available) and don’t over-water your lawn (try a rain barrel and only water in the evening to reduce evaporation).

Two eco-adventurer brothers, Alex and Tyler Mifflin, travel the world to explore our relationship with water—from tropical reefs to freezing seas, The Water Brothers examine water issues in South East Asia, the North Pole, California, the coasts of Central America, the Mississippi River, and the barricades of the plastic bottle battle in Canada. Visit their web site at

The Water Brothers TV show makes its world premiere on TVO, March 19 to 21 at 7 and 7:30 pm ET with a marathon encore, Sunday March 25, 7 pm. Each episode of The Water Brothers will also be available online across Canada live-streamed at beginning at 7 pm on March 19. And, find Alex and Tyler live chatting during the shows on March 19, 20 and 21 at

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