December 16, 2004

York Region presents cheque to York Central Hospital for water savings

NEWMARKET – York Regional Council today presented a cheque for over $47,000 to Richmond Hill’s York Central Hospital, for its participation in the York Region Water for Tomorrow Industrial/Institutional water capacity buy-back program.
The buy-back program began in January 2004, as part of the Region’s expanded Industrial/Institutional Water Usage Audit Program.  It provides companies with an incentive to implement actual water savings highlighted by the audit, by offering 40 cents per litre per day for costs incurred to implement water efficiency measures, to a maximum of 50 per cent.
“Giving a financial incentive to conserve water to industrial and institutional organizations like York Central Hospital simply makes good financial sense,” said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.  “Funding new water infrastructure is very expensive.  If we can conserve our existing supply, it represents a capital savings well beyond the scope of the incentive amount.”
To qualify for the incentive, York Central Hospital replaced 232 regular flush toilets with new ultra-low flush toilets, lowering water consumption by 112,000 litres of water per day.  To supply the needed water to York Central Hospital would have cost the Region over $200,000 in infrastructure costs.  With the incentive program, the cost to the Region was less than one quarter this amount, with an additional savings to the hospital of $55,000 per year in operating expenses.
“The Water for Tomorrow Program has been beneficial for York Central Hospital, York Region and its residents,” said Bruce Harber, CEO of York Central Hospital.  “We are pleased to be involved in this program which has enabled the Hospital to save on water costs and substantially reduce its water usage for the benefit of our environment and our community.”
The success of the incentive program lies in the fact that it operates on actual water savings rather than potential water savings.  To qualify, savings must be sustained and be the result of a change in process or equipment, not by a change in habits.  The water savings are verified at each site prior to the incentive being provided.
The Water for Tomorrow program is one of the largest and most successful water conservation programs in North America.  Through its Industrial/Institutional Audit Program, Residential/Commercial Retrofit Program, Leakage Reduction Program, Public Education and Infrastructure Maintenance Program, it continues to save over 21 million litres of water per day – enough to supply nearly 81,000 people.
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