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Posted May 10 , 2013

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Water Steward

Presentation of prestigious first-ever Excellence in Water Stewardship Award

KITCHENER - Today at 10 a.m. in the Kitchener City Hall Caucus Room, the Council of the Federation (COF) will present the 2013 Excellence in Water Stewardship Award to the City of Kitchener in recognition of its residential stormwater utility and credit program. The first of its kind, the prestigious award is only presented to one recipient once per year per province.

Announced on World Water Day, March 22nd, this award recognizes outstanding achievement, innovative practice and leadership in the area of water stewardship. This award is presented to organizations, partnerships, businesses, institutions, and community groups in each province and territory across Canada. The COF was created by Premiers because they believe it is important for provinces and territories to play a leadership role in revitalizing the Canadian federation and building a more constructive and cooperative federal system.

Two provincial government representatives, Jim Whitestone – Assistant Deputy Minister/Environmental Programs Division, and Tom Kaszas – Director/Environmental Innovations Branch, will present the award.

"I am proud that the City of Kitchener has been recognized as a leader in stormwater management and especially the ability for users to participate in a credit program," stated Ward 6 Councillor Paul Singh, "Kitchener's innovative stormwater utility and credit program not only contributes to protecting and conserving our water resources but also sets a new standard for other municipalities to follow. This is yet another example of how Kitchener is at the forefront of greening local government."

The stormwater utility program dedicates funds specifically to stormwater management, a service consistently underfunded through the tax base. A credit program introduced in 2012 allows residential and non-residential property owners to reduce their stormwater utility service charges through best practices like rain barrels, infiltration galleries, salt management programs and oil and grit separators for managing stormwater on their properties.

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