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The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) announces Conestoga engineering students as winners of Canada's Most Water Wise School Competition Subscribe to RSS feed

On World Plumbing Day, an annual international event that celebrates the important role plumbing plays in the health and safety of modern society, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) announced the winners of Canada's Most Water Wise School Competition. The Institute's first-ever competition challenged students to identify an action plan to decrease their school's water footprint. The first place team from Conestoga College will share a $3,000 prize, while runner-ups from the University of Ottawa will share a $1,000 award.

In total, seven teams of students studying engineering, business, environmental studies and other relevant fields from five colleges and universities participated in the competition. Schools represented include: Carleton University in Ottawa; Conestoga College in Kitchener; Holland College in Charlottetown; Mount Royal University in Calgary; and the University of Ottawa.

 

"CIPH was extremely impressed with all of the submissions, in particular the attention to detail given to analyzing the technical and financial aspects of water conservation and the creative ideas presented to help their school reduce water consumption," said Ralph Suppa, the Institute's President and General Manager. "Given the positive response to this competition by students from across the country, CIPH is proud to commit to sponsoring an interdisciplinary case study competition on an annual basis."

 

Canada's Most Water Wise School Competition Winners

The first place team from Conestoga College from the Environmental Engineering Post Grad Program included Santina Alagia, Zeshan Anjum, Andrew Joseph, Dan Marshall, Kristina Taylor and Numair Khan Uppal and was led by faculty advisor Dave Farish and Coby Lamarche. 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.

 

Second place was awarded to the team from the University of Ottawa, Civil Engineering Program consisting of Katy Bosma, Patrick D'Aoust, Jean-Emmanuel Daoust and Stephen Jones, led by faculty advisor 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.