About our project
Following a successful social enterprise model, Toronto’s Building Up (www.buildingup.ca), Newo Global Energy’s water division aims to water retrofit 3000 houses and apartments in the next four years, an approximate saving of 100 million litres per year, by changing out old inefficient toilets with ultra-high efficiency 3-litre toilets and switching to low-flow showerheads and taps. The project will be piloted in the City of Camrose, with plans to expand to Edmonton, Red Deer, and Calgary in the following years.
In addition to water conservation, the project will hire local people who are experiencing barriers to employment, such as recent refugees who are still learning English. The project will train and educate participants, with the hope that they will be able to transition to full-time employment in the trades.
An education component will share knowledge with communities, homeowners, and tenants about our fragile water resources, the effects of high water consumption, and how to further reduce household consumption.
We have begun rewarding discussions with the City of Camrose to potentially finance a program to retrofit the entire city. This model of financing is known as pay-as-you-save or on-bill financing. In this case, the City of Camrose would finance the water retrofits with the return on investment coming from the monthly savings. Ideally, homeowners will see no change in their water bill!
If successful, this model of financing could have national implications, and prove that it is both financially and ecologically sound for municipalities to adopt and pay for universal water conservation practices. According to Building Up’s Toronto estimates, each retrofit saves $150 per year per house or apartment and conserves approximately 35,000 litres of water annually. Our project hopes to demonstrate similar economic and environmental savings, but on a city-wide scale.
This project would also focus on offering training and jobs for individuals experiencing barriers to employment. Partnerships with the Camrose Refugee Coordinating Committee (CRCC), Yellowhead Tribal College Development Foundation, the Somali refugee community in Edmonton, the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance, the Central Alberta Refugee Effort, the Red Deer Native Friendship Society, and EcoTrust in Calgary would ensure a connection to communities in need.
For more information: www.newo.energy/water-retrofit