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CWWA Water Efficiency Network Steering Committee Meeting Location: Durham Region Headquarters 605 Rossland Rd. E., Forth Floor, Rm 4E September 13, 2006 10:00 - 3:00 P.M. Attendees: John Liotta City of Toronto email@example.com Glen Pleasance Region of Durham Glen.Pleasance@region.durham.on.ca Cate Henderson Peterborough Green Up firstname.lastname@example.org Bill Gauley Veritec Consulting Inc. email@example.com Johann Manente Region of Peel firstname.lastname@example.org Regrets: Steve Gombos Region of Waterloo email@example.com Lena Gomes Region of Halton firstname.lastname@example.org Martin Lavictoire City of Guelph Martin.Lavictoire@guelph.ca Ruth Hildebrand Region of Waterloo email@example.com Wayne Galliher Region of Halton firstname.lastname@example.org Associates: Duncan Ellison CWWA email@example.com Dave Bracciano AWWA WETC firstname.lastname@example.org Oliver Brandes Polis Project email@example.com Susan Dakin City of Lethbridge firstname.lastname@example.org Al Dietemann Seattle Public Utilities email@example.com Lorne Haveruk DH Water Management Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org John Koeller Koeller & Company email@example.com Liz Lefrancois Environment Canada firstname.lastname@example.org Tony Maas Polis Project email@example.com Jim Robinson University of Waterloo firstname.lastname@example.org Cate Soroczan CMHC email@example.com Nancy Stalker City of Calgary firstname.lastname@example.org Colwyn Sunderland Capital Regional District email@example.com Dion Whyte Sunshine Coast Reg. Dist. Dion.firstname.lastname@example.org Sarah Wolfe University of Guelph email@example.com 1) Review of previous minutes 2) CWWA/CSA Water Efficiency Standards Duncan Ellison (CWWA) attended a CSA Strategic Steering Committee meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon at the end of August. Confirmed at the meeting was the proposal from CSA’s B 45 and B 125 Committees to establish within the standard, requirements for water efficient devices. Duncan is to provide CSA with examples of water efficiency standards and guidelines used by other municipalities. Glen is to forward the information to the Water Efficiency Network. Bill commented that it is important that any efficiency standards established by the CSA not contradict efficiency standards established by the U.S. EPA’ WaterSense program as differences would lead to confusion in the marketplace and make it difficult for manufacturers to comply. Bill also stated that developing a water efficiency standard for a product is far more complicated and time consuming than it may seem. Bill would rather see CSA work in concert with the U.S. EPA rather than try to develop their own set of standards. 3) CMHC’s Municipal Water Efficiency Plan The Water Efficiency Plan is in the latter stages of its’ development. This next phase will develop an implementation plan for the WEP under the direction of Sarah Wolfe in the Township of Centre Wellington (including the Town of Fergus). Glen Pleasance will continue to report on the project progress. Bill Gauley (Veritec Consulting Inc.) to provide professional expertise on the project. 4) Research Projects. Urinal Study: Site inspections confirmed that it will be virtually impossible to have sufficient access to urinal drain pipes at the University of Waterloo and work completed to date at the University of Washington has identified that access to piping is critical to the success of the evaluation program. As a result a new site needs to be found where there are multiple urinals and there is sufficient access to piping. Sensor-operated Fixture Study: Initial site visits have been completed and a suitable plumber has been identified to install the monitoring equipment and the new sensor-operated fixtures. It is expected that the PRE monitoring will begin in late October or early November. Commercial HET Toilet Study: There are difficulties in studying commercial (i.e., flushometer or flush valve) HETs as 1) it is possible to mix and match bowls and valves, 2) there is not a separate and more difficult set of performance tests associated with commercial fixtures, and 3) almost all flush valves can be adjusted or made to flush with more than 6 litres. Showerheads: Certification requirements include flow rate requirements but lack performance requirements. Work must be done to define meaningful “cleanability” and “shower quality” elements. 5) Water in the City Water in the City Conference is to be held in Victoria, B.C., September 17 - 20 Glen is conducting a workshop on water efficiency with Tony Gregg (City of Austin) The Soft Path for Water will be presented and discussed. This concept encompasses moving beyond water efficiency and considering watershed limitations. 6) Program Updates/What's New – All. a) Bill-Veritec Consulting Inc. ACE 07-AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition will be held in Toronto. John Koeller has submitted an abstract and will be presenting on the myths of Water Efficiency, i.e., many products are put forth as or are thought of as efficient but without any proof whatsoever. Bill has submitted an abstract on ICI auditing and the process involved. Updating the Veritec Consulting Inc. website is currently underway and should be completed within a few weeks. Veritec will be opening a branch office in the U.S. that will focus on water loss reduction programs. Veritec’s newest partner, Paul Fanner, will operate from the U.S. office. b) City of Toronto Banning 13 litre toilets City of Toronto Council on July 25, 2006 approved a Works Committee Report recommending “the Province of Ontario be requested to develop enabling legislation that restricts the sale and installation of any toilet in the Province to only ultra-low flush models (i.e., six litres or less)”. Revolving Loan for Water Efficiency Projects City of Toronto Council on July 25, 2006 approved a Works Committee Report recommending “a revolving loan program for water efficiency projects be established as an initial pilot to gauge interest, program uptake and to test program design and criteria, and be available to City’s agencies, boards, commissions and divisions, as well as the Toronto school boards and the Toronto Community Housing Corporation”. Up to $2 million dollars in loans will be available. Interest rates for the loans will be set at the time of issuance. The interest rate will be equivalent to the return the City would receive on its investments. The current interest rate for a five year loan would be approximately 5 percent per annum. ICI Watersaver Program This four phase program is designed to help ICI facilities/buildings to save water: o Phase 1 – Assessment consists of a high level review that will identify water-saving technologies and estimated savings. o Phase 2 – Data Validation is to confirm/validate the potential water use reductions by installing temporary flow monitoring and/or detailed engineering analysis. o Phase 3 – Implementation consists of installing new water-saving technologies. o Phase 4 – Savings Verification: after the installation of new technologies and equipment is completed, the actual water savings will be verified in order to calculate the water customer’s rebate. City will pay that water customer a one time (incentive) payment of $0.30 per litre for the reduced water and wastewater usage on an average day. Engineering consultants have been retained to conduct water use assessments for Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Customers and identify the water savings opportunities for these key customers. City will pay the full cost of the assessment. Depending on the conclusions from the assessment report and at the water users' request, the work may proceed into the subsequent Data Validation and Implementation phases. The City will partly pay for the Data Validation (and monitoring) Phase. Implementation costs are the sole responsibility of the water customer. The City will also pay for the savings verification report. Champion Toilet 37 American Standard Champion series toilets have been inspected from April to September, 2006. 3 toilets had water level in tank set at proper level. 9 toilets had water level in tank set at the top of the over flow tube. 18 toilets had water level in tank set between 1/16” to 1/2" below the top of the over flow tube. 1 toilet had water level in tank set 1" below the top of the over flow tube 6 toilets had water level in tank set above the top of the over flow tube. Proper water height should be approximately 1” from top of over flow tube. Water Efficiency Program Targets for 2006 Status of water efficiency programs as of September 8, 2006: 71% of the 2006 target for the over all water efficiency program has been achieved. 85% of the 2006 target for the single unit residential toilet replacement program has been achieved. 0% of the 2006 target for the multi unit residential toilet replacement program – public sector has been achieved (Toronto Housing makes only one submission for a rebate for all toilets installed during the year in late fall of each year). 93% of the 2006 target for the multi unit residential toilet replacement program – private sector has been achieved. 188% of the 2006 target for the ICI toilet flush valve replacement program has been achieved. 92% of the 2006 target for the ICI toilet replacement program has been achieved. 101% of the 2006 target for the single unit residential washer program has been achieved. 0% of the 2006 target for the ensuite (new construction) residential washer program has been achieved. 115% of the 2006 target for the multi unit residential washer program has been achieved. 35% of the 2006 target for the pre-rinse spray nozzle program has been achieved c) Region of Peel SF/MF Residential Toilet Replacement Program Approximately 5,700 rebates have been issued Total water savings to date: 600,000 Litres/day of water In store promos for Sept-Oct and again in the new year; offering additional rebates and looking at truckload sales MF Residential Toilet Replacement Program-Peel Living (Public) Phased 2 began July 24; contractor is meeting schedule of work (approximately half way through). Project is running smoothly-no surprises Toilets to be installed are the Niagara Flapperless and Niagara Flapperless Muskoka ADA Post-monitoring to begin by the end of the month Leak Detection Program in Caledon Final report was received and circulated Public Education and Outreach School and Plant tours continue; now including WM-MRF and CRC tours Scheduled for three Fall Fairs and Community Events-promoting TRP Outdoor Water Program Completed over 500 Lawn and Garden Consultations Data has been collected and compiled and the new staff will work on analysis and building the program for summer 07 Seven Water Wise Garden workshops were held throughout the summer. Over 40 residents attended each venue. ICI Program – New Pre-Rinse Spray Valve; to begin soon. Agreement has been signed and staff are working on details; ie start date and communication pieces. Indoor and Outdoor Audits (Pilot); to be piloted early next year (pending Council’s endorsement Toilet Replacement; staff are working out the details of an ICI TRP-should commence before year end. Rebates are the same are $60 gravity and $100 flush valve (WEP) School Retrofit project is complete. 5 gravity, 20 flush valve and 1 urinal sensor installed. Caroma donated 4 Caroma Royale and 1 Caroma Caravelle-ADA and contractor installed the Vortens Vienna H Flux with the Delta Tech II non tamper flush valve. Post monitoring to begin soon. d) City of Peterborough Peterborough has put out an RFT for a Water Efficiency Plan The Peterborough Children’s Water Festival was successful in celebrating its 5 anniversary May th 24-26. Close to 1300 students attended with teachers and adult helpers, 300 high school students participated as presenters. Peterborough Green-Up has been involved in the implementation of phase 3 of the Well Aware program. Over 60 visits have been completed and additional venues include presentations and media attention where a wide range of audience is reached. Negotiations are taking place to reinstate the original Green-Up home visits with an ICI component to install toilet dams, tap aerators and low flow shower heads (where applicable) Peterborough is hosting the International Plowing Match this year where water efficiency/conservation education will be present. e) Region of Durham Water Efficient Durham Update – September 2006 - Tribute Project had to re-install central receiver for water sub-meters moved from resident’s home to nearby Light Standard, had to get Tribute, Bell and Veridian (electric utility) approvals and hire Bell & Electrical Contractor work completed last week monitoring to has begun early data shows 18% reductions in each of water, gas & electricity in Study vs. Control homes no Study home was higher than any Control home in any of the parameters organizing a Media Event with FCM to announce $190,000 in funding after Thanksgiving Household Guide began distributing Third edition in June sent out 7,000 of the printed 30,000 copies already Irrigation System specifying an ET Controller and Weather Station to begin the process of making the system efficient plan to establish it as a BMP system Children’s Water Festival scheduled for of 25 –29 of September at Camp Samac in Oshawa th booked close to 5,000 children for 35 activity centres Durham Works Newsletter 5 water efficiency articles (25% of content) submitted for the newsletter mailed out to all residents in early November 7) Next Meeting Date and Location: Thursday November 16 at the Region of Peel, 11 Indell Lane, Brampton, ON, L6T 3Y3 (this is not head office).
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