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FEATURE | AWARDS

AWARD-WINNING

WATER
EFFICIENCY

E

fficient use of our water resources
continues to be a top priority in
Ontario. With many parts of the
province experiencing drought
conditions last year, water conservation has
become even more paramount. The OWWA
Water Efficiency Committee was pleased
to recognize three efforts in particular with
awards for their outstanding conservation
programs this past year.

Public Education and
Awareness Award
Competition for the public education
and awareness award was fierce this year,
with the Cities of Markham and Guelph
tying for first place. Both developed and
implemented excellent programs focussing on the youth of today.

H20 + H2A = Double Water Efficiency
Award Winners
Launched by the City of Markham in
2016, the "Get to Know H2O" Education
Program blends water and wastewaterrelated topics in a fun and interactive way
to educate the public about the source-totap journey of drinking water.
To design the program, Markham first
conducted a survey and held focus groups
of residents asking them about their attitudes towards water conservation and
related topics. City staff have delivered
52 presentations, customized for different age groups, learning abilities and

language skills, to a total of 1,362 people
over the year.
"The efficient use of our water means
our existing infrastructure capacity will
serve the City longer and promote environmental sustainability," explained
Holly Newton, water conservation program specialist in the City of Markham's
Environmental Services Department.
In contrast, the award-winning
H2Awesome Youth Education Program by
the City of Guelph took place on a single day
in May 2016. The City partnered with a local
non-profit organization and local Catholic
and Public school boards to host 1,000 grade
8 students at the University of Guelph.
H2Awesome featured four famous guest
speakers: a TV star, a comedian, a student
activist, and an author. Over 20 workshops
were offered across a variety of disciplines
such as science, geography, art and music,
and included activities such as cloud painting, dance theatre, a drumming circle,
and song writing. Students learned about
water-related careers, the importance of
water and how to conserve precious water
resources all in one highly successful event.

Public Sector and Utilities Award
The City of Guelph also won the public
sector and utilities award for its 2016 Water
Efficiency Strategy. The ten-year comprehensive Strategy "pushes water savings to
the next level to meet aggressive water
demand reduction targets."

Investing approximately $10.2 million dollars in water conservation programming
has allowed the City to exceed its water
savings targets and delay the need for close
to $40.6 million in additional infrastructure
expenditures.
Reducing water use resulted in significant
energy and greenhouse gas reductions as
well. Between 2006 and 2014 the City saved
$850,000 in energy costs. Over the same
period, customers saved over $1.4 million
in energy costs as they heated less water
in their homes and businesses.
Guelph's Strategy is innovative and
goes beyond standard water conservation programming by developing new
programs and targeting new sectors.
Highlights include: exploring rebates for
installing approved non-salt based residential water softeners; in-home water
audits; an institutional, commercial and
industrial (ICI) water buyback and rebate
program; municipal facility water saving
upgrades; multi-residential sub-metering
programs; and water loss management.
The $13 million budget to implement
the Strategy also covers research and
innovation in municipal water reuse,
more efficient water softeners, water
reductions in industrial cooling processes, improved customer leak detection notification methods, more efficient
irrigation systems, exploring incentives
for efficient landscaping, and distribution
pressure management.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017

From the Publications Chair
OWWA President’s Message
The OMWA Report
The OWWEA Report
From Our AWWA Director
Niagara Falls Success!
Conference Sponsors
2017 Fuller Award
2017 OWWA Awards
Silver Water Drop
Water Efficiency Awards
OMWA Awards
OMWA Board of Directors and Executive Committee, 2017
Committee Reports
Harmful Algae Blooms: Management of Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water Treatment
OWWEA Member Listing
OWWEA Member News
Index of Advertisers | Ad.com
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - Intro
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Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - From the Publications Chair
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Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - OWWA President’s Message
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - The OMWA Report
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - The OWWEA Report
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Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - From Our AWWA Director
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - Niagara Falls Success!
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Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - Conference Sponsors
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - 2017 Fuller Award
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - 2017 OWWA Awards
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Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - Silver Water Drop
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - Water Efficiency Awards
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - OMWA Awards
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Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - OMWA Board of Directors and Executive Committee, 2017
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - Committee Reports
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Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - Harmful Algae Blooms: Management of Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water Treatment
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Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - OWWEA Member Listing
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Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - OWWEA Member News
Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2017 - Index of Advertisers | Ad.com
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