The Region of Waterloo has recognized the City of Kitchener as a local leader in water efficiency. The city partnered with the Region’s Water Efficient Technology (WET) Program on a number of projects that when fully operational, would save enough water to supply 152 average local households for a year.
Regional Chair Karen Redman presented the Water Efficiency Excellence Award to City of Kitchener staff at City Hall on September 25, 2019.
“By embracing water-saving technology the City of Kitchener is helping to conserve our water resources for future generations,” said Waterloo’s Regional Chair Karen Redman. “As the largest municipality in Waterloo Region, the actions of the citizens of Kitchener make a significant impact on our shared water resources.”
Kitchener completed four major water efficiency upgrades between 2015 and 2018. These projects reduced water use by 7,600 cubic metres per year, plus an estimated savings of 19,700 cubic metres per year on less measurable projects. The water efficiency projects included:
- Auditing eight splash pads and installing water efficiency upgrades.
- Optimizing a rainwater harvesting system at the city’s Operations Centre.
- Installing 32 water flow monitors at city facilities to detect leaks.
- Upgrading City Hall’s cooling tower to a model that conserves more water.
The Region of Waterloo’s WET Program provides resources and funding to help local organizations reduce water use. Water conservation helps provide safe, clean drinking water to our growing population without the need for expensive, new water infrastructure.
More information about the Region of Waterloo’s water efficiency programs is available here.