Capacity Buyback Program

By mmuise
Description:

The Capacity Buyback program encourages and rewards commercial and institutional organizations by:
1. offering a free water audit to help identify ways to reduce water use;
2. rewarding participants that implement permanent water-saving measures with a one-time cash rebate of up to 30 cents per litre of water saved per average day;
3. helping participants save money over the long-term with reduced water bills.


Comments on Funding:

Funding is a one-time cash rebate of up to 30 cents per litre of water saved per average day

Deadline: Continuous Intake
Eligibility:

Applicants must:

  • be commercial and institutional organizations.
  • be located in the City of Toronto;
  • have a water account with the City; and
  • be classified as a commercial or institutional building according to tax records (e.g. office, retail outlet, hotel, hospital, warehouse, government, school, etc.)

    Water efficiency upgrades eligible under the program are:
    a) cooling towers;
    b) boilers;
    c) refrigeration equipment;
    d) food service equipment;
    e) process equipment and other site-specific water-saving measures (i.e. grey water reuse, rain water harvesting systems).
Application Steps:

Applicants must:

1. let the City know they are interested in the program by calling at 416-392-7000 or sending an email at savewater@toronto.ca

2. discuss the eligibility when contacted by the City. If applicants meet the criteria, the City will arrange to have a professional engineer complete a thorough walkthrough and review of the organization’s water use. Based on the visit, an engineer will develop a detailed water audit report that will include a list of eligible process or equipment changes your organization can make and the estimated savings you can expect.

3. review the report and execute some or all of the water-saving recommendations.

4. fill out the Notice of Completion form PDF and email it to savewater@toronto.ca once they have implemented some or all of your water efficiency measures. After each verification, the City will present your organization with a cheque for up to 30 cents per litre of water saved per average day.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:
1. the completed and signed Notice of Completion form PDF;
2. a detailed technical report that includes:
a) water consumption profile for the site;
b) identification of water saving opportunities for existing equipment/processes; and
c) data to support water savings in each of the water efficiency measures described above.

Other Things to Note:

Nov. 2023:
In 2023, an organization that reduces water use by 10,000 litres (10 m3) a day could receive:
1. A free water audit
2. $3,000 one-time program incentive (10,000 L x $.30)
3. $16,010 annual water bill savings (10 m3 x 365 x $4.3863 m3, current water rate)

Older:
In 2020, an organization that reduces water use by 10,000 litres (10 m3) a day could receive:
1. A free water audit;
2. $3,000 one-time program incentive (10,000 L x $.30);
3. $14,868 annual water bill savings (10 m3 x 365 x $4.0735, current water rate).

About the author
mmuise