Toronto Water and The Fairmont Royal York team up to save wasted water |
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The City of Toronto has a goal to reduce water use in the City by 15% by 2011.
Under its new ICI WaterSaver Program, the City will provide incentives to the
industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) sectors for demonstrated water
savings. The Fairmont Royal York is the first commercial property to be
awarded a cheque for $48,685.00 for its efforts to reduce water use in its
laundry facility. The cheque presentation will take place on Tuesday, June 7
at 3 p.m. on the rooftop garden of The Fairmont Royal York.
In this innovative program, City staff works collaboratively with businesses to
identify areas of water being 'wasted' and offers solutions that will
permanently reduce water use and wastewater discharge. The City provides a
one-time financial incentive of 30 cents per litre per day to businesses that
make permanent and measurable water reducing changes to their operations.
The Fairmont Royal York was using 676,000 litres of water daily to double wash
and triple rinse the laundry. The hotel was concerned about the amount and
wanted to reduce its water usage, bringing it in line with the other successful
environmental initiatives in this area. Its staff contacted Toronto Water for
help with pre- and post-monitoring of its water use.
After installing a commercial water softener, The Fairmont Royal York reduced
water use in the laundry to one wash and one rinse per cycle, saving 476,000
litres of water per day (enough water to supply 500 homes). The City’s rebate
will cover the $48,685 cost of the water softener.
"By participating in the ICI WaterSaver Program, The Fairmont Royal York will
help us to avoid costly infrastructure expansion," said Mike Price, General
Manager of Toronto Water. "Building additional infrastructure to accommodate a
growing population could cost an estimated $220 million but the ICI WaterSaver
Program allows the City to buy back water or sewer capacity that has been freed
up by participants who have reduced water use in their operations," he added.
Ian Wilson, General Manager of The Fairmont Royal York said, "We are proud that
The Fairmont Royal York is the first beneficiary of the City of Toronto’s
WaterSaver Program. As a recent recipient of the Four Green Keys environmental
award, it is measures such as the hotel’s energy and water conservation that
places The Fairmont Royal York as a leader in environment stewardship."
Prior to launching the ICI WaterSaver Program, the City conducted a pilot with
two voluntary facilities -- Redpath Sugars and Upper Canada College. Together
these facilities reduced water use by 300,000 litres per day. The most common
types of water reduction techniques used in the pilot included eliminating once
through cooling, reducing boiler water makeup and reducing water used in
For more information about the City’s residential and ICI WaterSaver Programs,
visit www.toronto.ca/water or call
Paulette den Elzen
Sr Communications Co-ordinator
Director of Public Relations
The Fairmont Royal York