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Canada’s Most Water Wise School Case Competition


Show Canada How You Would Make Your School More Water Wise!

CIPH invites post secondary students from across the country to participate in the third annual Most Water Wise School Case Competition. Form a team and use your knowledge of plumbing, technology, environmental science, economics and more, to influence real change on your campus. Participants receive feedback from industry and are eligible for prizes including a $3000 award for the winning team.

To register, download and complete the application form.
L’utilisation optimale de l’eau restant une préoccupation majeure d’un grand nombre d’habitants de la planète, l’Institut canadien de plomberie et de chauffage (ICPC) propose aux étudiants des collèges et des universités du Canada de voir ce qu’il en est dans leur propre campus et de participer à un concours intéressant et très concret. L’objectif du programme est d’encourager des équipes à élaborer un plan d’action visant à réduire l’empreinte hydrique de leur établissement d’enseignement et d’amener les étudiants, les professeurs et le personnel non enseignant à revoir leurs habitudes en matière d’utilisation de l’eau.
French Application Form
If you are a faculty member looking to include this as part of your existing curriculum contact Matt Wiesenfeld

Previous Results


2015 First Place Team

The first place team from the University of Waterloo included Christopher Nadeau, Seana Hadala-Turkington and Song (Catherine) Wang and was led by faculty advisor Dr. Sarah Wolfe from the Faculty of Environment.  Within the submission, the team presented a plan to reduce water consumption in the student residence by replacing toilets, faucets and shower fixtures with water-saving models.  The presentation included an initiative to educate student residents and maintenance staff on water saving strategies. The judges praised the team for an exceptional job of determining the capital investment required to make the residence more water efficient, the anticipated water savings, the social impacts (the educational/awareness component) and the anticipated return-on-investment for the University. The presentation includes team member biographies and a team photo.

Click here to see the team's video

Complete Submission including student biographies

2015 Second Place Team

Second place was awarded to the team from Mount Royal University, consisting of Karlee Bendera, Robert Louden, Alexa Matthes, Brady White, Luis Fossi and Sukhjit Panesar, which was led by faculty advisor Brain Sevick from the Faculty of Environmental Science and Ecology.  This submission proposed water conservation at the University’s East Residence townhouse through greywater recycling, along with a plan to use the project as an educational tool to promote sustainable living to the Mount Royal community.  The judges were impressed with the team’s evaluation of water savings, real estate impact, and the goal of the proposal to encourage sustainability and public awareness of the need for water conservation.

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Complete Submission including student biographies

2014 First Place Team

Team from Conestoga College: Environmental Engineering students Dan Marshall, Andrew Joseph, Kristina Taylor, Zeshan Anjum, Numair Khan Uppal and Santina Alagia. Faculty Advisors are Dave Farish & Coby Lamarsh. 
The submission focused on reducing annual water consumption at the Conestoga College Doon campus, and stood out compared to the other submissions received in terms of technical considerations, social impact and cost recovery of the proposed initiatives.  The proposal by Conestoga College also analyzed areas such as historical relevance like references to leaks, data analysis, recognizing gaps and assumptions; considerations of added value components such as public perception; as well as the breakdown of costs including demolition and reinstallation.

Complete Submission including student biographies

2014 Second Place Team

Team from the University of Ottawa: Civil Engineering students Katy Bosma, Patrick D’Aoust, Jean-Emmanuel Daoust and Stephen Jones.  Faculty Advisor is Roberto Narbaitz. The judges were impressed by the teams’ proposal which they felt was the most technologically aggressive in addressing the realistic application of greywater reuse concepts for one of the university’s sports complexes.
Complete Submission including student biographies