Canadian Groups Partner to Promote Water Demand Reduction
The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) and the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) have joined forces to promote water demand reduction programs among Canadian municipalities.
The Board of Directors of both associations have supported a joint position statement to encourage the promotion and use of fixtures and supply fittings that have been certified by an accredited certification organization to both Canadian standards and the U.S. EPA-sponsored WaterSense program. Specifically, municipalities are encouraged to reference such products in all educational and awareness materials on water conservation and efficiency.
The position statement also encourages the future formal adoption of WaterSense-like provisions in the applicable CSA national consensus standards for fixtures and fittings.
“The CIPH Board of Directors views this collaboration with CWWA as an opportunity for the Institute to respond tangibly to environmental and water conservation concerns at the municipal, provincial and federal level. Enhancing the Institute's ability to lead and respond to needed regulatory changes is critical to meet future demand for water,” reports CIPH Chairman of the Board Cliff Sarjeant (NCI Marketing).
Duncan Ellison, Executive Director of the CWWA, notes that “many Canadian water utilities have been promoting the use of water efficient fixtures and appliances as a means of managing the demand for water. WaterSense product tests are based on a toilet testing protocol developed by CWWA’s Water Efficiency Committee and its utility partners in the USA.”
Products that meet the intent of the joint position statement will hold both a WaterSense Label and the mark by the associated certification organization that has tested it to meet Canadian standards.
The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating is a not-for-profit trade association. Founded in 1933, it consists of manufacturers, wholesaler distributors, master distributors, manufacturers’ agents and allied companies who manufacture and distribute plumbing, hydronic heating, industrial PVF, waterworks and other mechanical products.
The Canadian Water and Wastewater Association was established in 1986 to represent the common interest of Canada's municipal water and wastewater systems to federal and interprovincial bodies with respect to policies, programs, national codes, standards, and legislation.