York Region nabs National and Provincial infrastructure awards

Several awards were recently presented to York Regional Council in recognition of the Region’s success stretching the use and value of existing infrastructure.

  • Ontario Water Works Association’s Water Efficiency Committee’s 2019 Award of Excellence (Public Sector & Utilities – Programs category
    • Awarded to Environmental Service for its Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Water Audit and Capacity Buyback Program
  • Canadian Society for Civil Engineering’s Excellence in Innovation in Civil Engineering Award
    • Awarded to Environmental Services in collaboration with the Data Analytics and Visualization Services (DAVS) team from Corporate Services for advancing its understanding of wastewater system response to rainfall through big data analytics and machine learning

York Region has goals to reduce water consumption throughout the Region to allow growth without the need for expensive water infrastructure. Industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) facilities are typically the largest individual consumers of water in York Region. As such, York Region provides water conservation programs and incentives targeted specifically at this sector, one of which is the ICI Capacity Buyback Incentive Program. The capacity buy-back program has saved businesses an average of 30% on their water use, with an average payback period of three years.

Environmental Services and the Data, Analytics and Visualization Services team piloted a project to develop better ways to model inflow to the sanitary system. The project involves machine learning to emulate modelled inflow projections and present results through interactive dashboards, decreasing staff requirements from months to hours..

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