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Water conservation research project underway in Kingston


Kingston, ON – The Ontario Power Authority has granted a consortium of local researchers and energy professionals $99,800 to link water and electricity conservation incentives.

The Sustainable Energy Applied Research Centre (SEARC) at St. Lawrence College is partnering with Utilities Kingston and the Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy (QIEEP) on this initiative.

The six-month project will determine how much electricity is used to transport and treat water and wastewater in Kingston Hydro’s electricity distribution territory. It will also identify a number of cost-effective water conservation measures that could be implemented in local businesses and institutions.

“Electricity for transporting and treating water and sewage is the single largest municipal energy expenditure. Each time a cubic metre of water is saved by one of our customers, Utilities Kingston reduces its consumption of electricity and its long-term infrastructure costs,” says Utilities Kingston Conservation Officer Stephen Sottile. “This project will determine if there is a cost-effective opportunity for stacking existing provincial electricity conservation incentives with Utilities Kingston’s water conservation incentives, allowing us to offer more attractive conservation incentives for investments that save customers and the utility money while reducing our environmental impact.”

“SEARC and St. Lawrence College are proud to be a part of this project, which aligns with the College’s focus on community leadership and the promotion of environmental sustainability,” said Gordon C. MacDougall, Interim President & CEO of St. Lawrence College. “The resulting strategies for water and electricity conservation have the potential to not only benefit our local community in Kingston, but communities across Ontario as well.”

The project team includes students in the Energy Systems Engineering Technology program at St. Lawrence College, led by SEARC Lead Researcher Adegboyega “Babs” Babasola. The team is being supported in their efforts by IndEco Strategic Consulting Inc. The project is funded by a grant from the OPA Conservation Fund, SEARC’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) funded grant, funding and in-kind support from Utilities Kingston, and in-kind contributions from QIEEP. The total cost of the project is over $150,000.

Media Opportunity:
You are invited to learn more about this exciting collaboration
Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 10:00 am
King Street Water Treatment Plant
300 King Street West, Kingston, Ontario


About St. Lawrence College
Located along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, SLC has three campuses in Brockville, Cornwall and Kingston. St. Lawrence College boasts 6,700 full-time students from Canada, and from more than 40 countries worldwide. Our college community includes 20,000 part-time students, 1,000 staff, and more than 70,000 alumni. We also serve more than 3,000 Employment Services clients annually. The college has recently invested in the development of Applied Research with many exciting projects in progress. In addition, revitalization of our campuses is underway to support new and innovative programs including; Wind Turbine Technician, Game Development Technician, and Fine Arts, among others.

About Utilities Kingston
Utilities Kingston is unique in Ontario, as one company providing combined water, wastewater, gas, electrical and broadband fibre optic services. This structure enables the efficient coordination of joint construction projects, leading to timely and cost-effective completion, with less disruption to our customers. Our workforce is a small team managing and maintaining a large network of infrastructure for the city we live in. We are proud to be closely tied to our local community—as partner and supporter of the Sustainable Kingston Plan, we are helping to achieve our community’s vision of becoming Canada’s Most Sustainable City.

Denise Wing
Communications Officer
Marketing & Communications
St. Lawrence College
Brockville, Cornwall, Kingston
T 613-345-0660, ext. 2261

Cindie Ashton
Communications Officer
Utilities Kingston
T 613-546-4291 ext. 3116
Cell 613-329-3462
City of Kingston media hotline 613-546-4291 ext. 2300