Water Efficiency Committee

Welcome to the Water Efficiency Committee page

What We Do

The OWWA Water Efficiency Committee is dedicated to advancing smart water use through networking, education and advocacy.

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

WEC meets quarterly and hosts at least one seminar, workshop or webinar each year.


The Committee (WEC) has produced three publications to assist Ontario municipalities in the preparation of water efficiency plans, reducing peak seasonal water demands and developing water efficiency programs.  These documents are available for free download:

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
Indra Maharjan 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

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.

Click here for the 2018 Water Efficiency Call for Awards.

Awards of Excellence in Water Efficiency

  • Public Sector & Utilities Award
  • Private Sector Award

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

2017 Winners:

Public Education and Awareness Award

The Cities of Markham and Guelph tied for first place.

  • City of Markham’s “Get to Know H2O” Education Program
  • City of Guelph’s H2Awesome Youth Education Program
Public Sector and Utilities Award

  • City of Guelph’s 2016 Water Efficiency Strategy.

For Awards list please click here.

For More Information

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

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