Water efficiency and conservation have become important tools for helping utility managers better manage their water costs, while maintaining or improving service in several ways:

  • Reduce or eliminate summer water shortages
  • Avoid costly water plant expansions by reducing summer peak demand occurring a few days per year
  • Postpone wastewater plant expansions by cutting flows
  • Postpone or eliminate a growth freeze by creating additional capacity
  • Reduce or eliminate the incidence of wastewater system by-passes and beach closings
  • Respond to public interest in water conservation and water efficiency
  • Reduce energy usage and the production of greenhouse gases

Check out the water efficiency of your system. Go to the Publications section on this web site and click on "How Water Efficient is Your Water System". Water efficiency programs have proven effective across North America. Whether or not it will solve your problem will require the type of analysis that is set out below

Sharratt Water Management Ltd. (SWML) improves the efficiency of water systems. The firmís principal has been involved in carrying out water efficiency feasibility assessments since the early 1990s. He was the lead person developing a draft Provincial water efficiency strategy that began in 1989. He has also been a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) involved in the conferences and workshops organized by the AWWA Conservation Division since 1990. He is a past chair of the Ontario Water Works Water Efficiency Committee and he has been hired, through a competitive process, by the Walkerton Clean Water Centre to develop and deliver the water conservation training course for water professionals.

SWML's first step is to carry out a feasibility study that will determine if a water efficiency program makes economic and operational sense for your water/wastewater system and typically involves the following steps:

  • Determine, through discussion with you, the longer-term objectives of your utility
  • Carry out a water use demand assessment on average and peak day now and in the future
  • Assess available supply capacity currently and in the future
  • Project future average and peak day demand based on community growth
  • Identify the nature of the problem such as
    • medium term inability to meet projected demandinability to meet industrial demand
    • water shortages on peak days
    • wastewater plant overloading
    • high per capita usage
  • Assess potential costs and savings from appropriate measures to deal with the problem
    • water efficiency/conservation measures
    • addition to supply capacity
  • Consult the public and make necessary changes
  • Develop a business case based on cost effective measure
  • Prepare an easy-to-read report substantiating analysis, findings and recommendations