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Water reclamation and regulations

November 25, 2013
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Saving water across the continent

Some municipalities are realizing that water conservation can be the key to their sustainability as well. According to Renee Chu, a Water Consultant for Toronto Water, water conservation lessens the burden on water and waste water treatment plants, saves on electrical usage as well as saves them both short and long term costs. It also helps improve the water supply reliability. It is for this reason that Toronto Water has created the Water Capacity Buyback Program. The Water Capacity Buyback Program is for commercial and institutional organizations that significantly reduce their water usage by implementing water saving equipment such as water reclaim systems. The process is fairly straightforward, a water audit is performed by Toronto Water, they determine what processes are eligible and provide an estimate of water savings, you implement the water saving processes, and they verify the implementation and then present your organization with a check for up to 30 cents per liter/$1.13 a gallon of water saved per average day.These rebates can range anywhere from $2,000 to over $15,000 depending on carwash volumes and water saved, they can help defray the capital cost of equipment. There are similar programs in the U.S., such as San Antonio’s water municipality SAW’s has one of the most progressive. The Commercial Large Scale Retrofit Program offers incentives, in the form of rebates, for SAWS General Class Customers instituting new water saving processes or installing new water saving equipment. The Commercial Large Scale Retrofit Program is easily adaptable to any proposed retrofit project, including water reclamation systems for carwashes. The main goal of the Commercial Large Scale Retrofit Program is to shorten the payback period associated with large water saving projects, thus making their implementation more feasible from an economic standpoint. It pays $550 per acre foot saved per year for 10 years up to 100 percent of costs, most of our rebates have been in the $15,000 to $20,000 range.

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