Municipal Water Efficiency Eco-Cluster

Posted June 13, 2019

Can saving water also save electricity? Or natural gas?

The answer to both questions is an emphatic “yes”. A series of new Municipal Water Efficiency Eco-Cluster case studies highlight how five companies in five different cities all invested in water conservation and reaped both environmental and financial rewards.

How does saving water save energy?

In southern Ontario, we often take fresh water for granted. What many of us don’t appreciate is that it takes a lot of energy to operate the systems that pump the water from the lake or river, distribute it to your home or business, and take the wastewater back to a centralized treatment facility.

One of the simplest ways to reduce the energy involved in moving the billions of litres of water underneath our city streets is to reduce how much water must be moved.

Through strategic water policies and programs, municipalities can encourage industrial water customers to adopt water conservation practices or technologies, helping them to reduce direct water use costs.

Importantly, this also reduces the costs to municipalities of transporting and heating the water, which in turn helps them to lower their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The following case studies highlight examples of organizations successfully adopting new water conservation practices, and profile the municipal policies that helped to make these investments and the associated savings possible:

For more information please contact Eric Meliton, Program Manager at Partners in Project Green.

This initiative was made possible in part through the financial support of the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) Education and Capacity Building Program. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is solely responsible for implementation of, and the content of, any materials produced by this initiative, and the IESO has no responsibility or liability whatsoever in the event that any person suffers any losses or damages of any kind as a result of the initiative.