Win money for decreasing water consumption on campus

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The second annual Canada’s Most Water Wise School Case Competition has officially opened for registration as of September 22. The contest is sponsored by the CIPH which is a not-for-profit national trade association that employs more than 20,000 Canadians across the plumbing and hydronics industries. This contest is part of World Plumbing Day on March 11 and its accompanying celebrations nationwide. It is open to all post-secondary students that are studying Environmental Studies, Engineering and Business. Students from these various faculties are to create a case study on-campus with the objective of decreasing water consumption at the school.

According to the CIPH (Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating), “though Canada has the world’s third-largest supply of renewable freshwater, the average Canadian uses 329 litres, or about 164 two-litre milk containers, of water each day – the second highest in the world after the United States. France, with a population almost two-times that of Canada, has an average use of only 150 litres per person” which is less than half of what Canadians use daily. The CIPH is bringing this over usage to the forefront with this Water Wise contest because of the lack of changes that have been implemented into our daily lives. “Our supply to fresh water is not inexhaustible and opportunities should be taken to conserve and use water wisely,” hoping that this contest and many other initiatives will begin to reduce household water consumption by 40 per cent.

Interested students are to create a team of four to six, ensuring that their team comprised of participants from the different faculties. This regulation is in place because the contest is interdisciplinary and takes into account various areas of water conservation such as capital investments, annual water savings, and intended social impacts. The case study includes a methodology, results, and an analysis spanning over a five-page submission, as well as biographies of all the team members, a group photo of all the team members, and a LinkedIn page which is not required but is highly suggested.

The first-place prize is $3000 and the second-place prize is $1000, which will both be distributed among the team. Both first and second-place team members will also receive:

  • A personal letter of congratulations from the CIPH.
  • Their names and group photos will be included in a media release that will be published across Canada.
  • An invitation to attend a CIPH/industry event in their area so students can learn more about the industry and network with other members and potential employers.

Registration is open from now until December 1 with submissions being due February 1, 2015. Winners will be announced on World Plumbing Day, March 11, 2015 as part of the celebrations for this day.

Students that are interested in this contest are encouraged to visit the CIPH for registration forms, more information about the contest, and previous submissions by other students at ciph.com/en/waterwiseschool

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