Water Efficiency Committee

Welcome to the Water Efficiency Committee page

What We Do

The OWWA Water Efficiency Committee is dedicated to advancing water use reduction.

To achieve our goal, we try to influence government policies and promote water-efficient technologies and practices.

The Water Efficiency Committee (WEC) has developed some valuable resources to assist Ontario municipalities in the preparation of water efficiency plans, reducing the peak seasonal demands and developing water efficiency programs.

The Committee has produced three publications

  • Outdoor Water Use Reduction Manual
  • Water Efficiency Guidebook for Small and Medium Sized Utilities
  • Water Efficiency Best Management Practices.

For more information on these publications, please visit the Water Efficiency segment of our Links page.

WEC members plan to hold one major event each year – a seminar, workshop or webinar.

Who We Are 

Committee Chair Bill Chihata
1-877-464-9675 ext. 75038
Vice Chair Steve Gombos
Committee Email
 Liaison Director  Nick Reid

Member List

Member Employer
Bill Chihata York Region
Steve Gombos Region of Waterloo
Heather Yates City of Guelph
Kathy McAlpine-Sims Halton Region
Julia Wagner City of Hamilton
Darlene McNichol Neptune Technology Group
Carol Salisbury MOECC
Amy Lane OCWA
Rebecca Winters Region of Peel
Anne Medcof Watermarks Solutions Ltd.
Daniel Hsia City of London
Lloyd Hipel Enviro-Stewards Inc.
Associate Employer
Leanne Knuckle City of Brantford
Emily Stahl City of Guelph
Johann Manente Region of Peel
Carol Chaput Region of Peel
Aileen Barclay Resource Management Strategies Inc.
Chris LeConte SMART Watering Systems
Muaz Nasir City of Toronto
Tara Clayton Municipality of Southwest Middlesex
Paula Bustard City of London

Our Meetings

The Water Efficiency Committee (WEC) meets seven or eight times per year, usually in person, but with conference call-in available.

For More Information

If you would like more information or are interesting in joining our committee, please contact us.

Please visit the Water Efficiency segment of our Links page.

Outdoor Water Use Reduction Manual (2008)

Meeting the water servicing requirements of increased seasonal water demands, especially during extended periods of hot and dry summer weather, can cause significant stresses to municipal water treatment and distribution systems. In recognition of the diverse social and political pressures upon Ontario municipalities, this manual was developed to serve as a best practice reference and information guide with the key objective of providing proven utility-based resources and policy alternatives that can be employed to help reduce peak seasonal water servicing demands.

Key topic areas covered through this publication include:

  • Peak Summer Demand Measurement and Benchmarking
  • Consumer Based Social Marketing and Public Education approaches for Peak Demand Reduction
  • Peak Demand Water Use Reduction through By-law Control and Enforcement
  • Rebates and Incentives for Encouraging Efficient Outdoor Water Use
  • Real Water Rate Pricing and Increased Water Consumption Costing Structures
  • Resources for Planning the Right Program

Water Efficiency Guidebook for Small/Medium Sized Utilities (2006)

This Guidebook is written for small and medium sized municipalities and water utilities thinking about starting a water efficiency program. It is intended to provide a general overview of water efficiency planning, and to describe the specific steps you can follow to design the best plan for your municipality or utility. The Guidebook offers a menu of possible conservation techniques and approaches from which you can choose.

The Guidebook is organized into the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Evaluate your system
  • Review utility efficiency measures
  • Consider potential water savings
  • Design your water efficiency program
  • Implement your program

The Guidebook contains easy-to-use fill in the blank worksheets in each of the above sections to assist the water efficiency planner develop a program.

The appendix sets out contacts for further information, procedures for conducting a residential water audit, public information materials such as press releases, sample consumer tip sheets, an outline of a typical water efficiency plan and the methodology for calculating the savings from a delayed capital construction project.

Water Efficiency Best Management Practices Manual (2005)

This publication was prepared by the Water Efficiency Committee of the Ontario Water Works Association. It is intended to provide a brief overview of twelve areas of efficient water management and sets best management practices in each area. The areas are as follows:

  1. Meters for All Users
  2. Full Cost Pricing
  3. Public Information and Education Programs
  4. School Programs
  5. Compile a Water Use Database
  6. Water Loss Management
  7. Developing a Water Efficiency Program/Plan
  8. Implementing a Utility/Municipal Water Efficiency Program
  9. Industrial/Commercial/Institutional Water Efficiency
  10. Indoor Residential Water Conservation
  11. Landscape Water Efficiency Program.
  12. Reducing the Flow in the Wastewater System

Water Efficiency Publications Order

Please click here to download a copy of the order form.

Regulatory News

Water Opportunities and Conservation Act

The Ontario Legislature passed the Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act on November 23, 2010. The act builds on Ontario’s expertise in water protection services and technology — making our province the leading clean water jurisdiction in North America.

The new act sets the framework to:

  • Make Ontario a North American leader in developing water technologies and services and making our expertise available to the world through the creation of the Water Technology Acceleration Project (TAP) Encourage Ontarians to use water more efficiently by creating and implementing innovative approaches to protect our most valuable resource Strengthen sustainable municipal water planning by helping them identify and plan for long term infrastructure needs.
  • Encourage Ontarians to use water more efficiently by creating and implementing innovative approaches to protect our most valuable resource so our children and grandchildren will continue to have access to clean drinking water for generations
  • Strengthen sustainable municipal water planning by helping municipalities identify and plan for long term infrastructure needs.

Click here to view the Water Opportunities and Conservation Act in its entirety.

Water Efficiency Awards

Each year for more than 10 years the OWWA Water Efficiency Committee has recognized outstanding initiatives in water efficiency in both the public and private sector.

For 2016 Water Efficiency Call for Awards click here.

Awards of Excellence in Water Efficiency

  • Public Sector & Utilities Award
  • Private Sector Award

Awards are presented at the OWWA/OMWA Annual Conference and Trade Show.

For Awards list please click here.



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