Water Efficiency in Ontario: Best Practices to Lower Your Operational and Capital Costs

Posted January 26, 2021

  • February 25, 2021
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This session will provide an opportunity to share industry knowledge regarding municipal water efficiency programs that help Ontario businesses lower their capital and operational costs.

Indra Maharjan will share insights from his role as Chair of the Ontario Water Works Association’s Water Efficiency Committee and industry leader at Ontario Clean Water Agency.

Chris LeConte will share ways companies can maximize the value of data collected from indoor/outdoor water use to positively influence the business case to pursue on-site water footprint reductions and capital implementation.



Chris Le ConteChris Le Conte
President, SMART Watering Systems Inc. CIC, CLIA, WSIP

Chris is President and Founder of SMART Watering Systems Inc. (SWS). SWS is a water use monitoring, leak detection and reporting company that provides water management, irrigation services and consulting services for Architects, Municipal water efficiency departments and property management organizations. SWS has been recognized with many Water Conservation Awards including:

  • City of Toronto Water Efficiency Award of Excellence – 2009, 2010 and 2012
  • Landscape Ontario Water Efficiency Award – 2009 and 2013
  • Water Magazine – Water’s Next Award 2011
  • 2021 WSIP Water Optimization Award- Highest Confirmed Savings

Chris is a board member of several water industry associations including the OWWA Water Efficiency Committee and Landscape Ontario.

Chris is the recent recipient of the Irrigation Associations’ Crawford Reid memorial award and speaks frequently at green industry events promoting water conservation and responsible water management.



Indra MaharjanIndra Maharjan
Director of Innovation, Technology & Alternate Delivery at Ontario Clean Water Agency

Indra Maharjan currently leads the Ontario Clean Water Agency’s Innovation, Efficiency and Technology group and delivers innovative solutions around energy, climate change and resource recovery to over 220 municipal clients across Ontario. His unique ability to work with multiple stakeholders to develop, design and deliver innovative solutions has resulted in over 300 energy efficiency projects, energy and climate change strategic plans and 5+ codigestion projects that involves leveraging existing wastewater plants to generate clean fuels from food waste organics in Ontario.

He also volunteers with WEF, AWWA, OWWA, WEAO, ONEIA, Ryerson Urban Water, OSPE and PEO committees, and has been an active mentor for young professionals and newcomers in this sector.