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Posted November 7 , 2013

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Canada’s plumbing sector to become greener

Waterloo – Canada’s plumbers will soon be adding green tools and techniques to their toolbox. This week marks the national launch of Green Plumbers®, an international environmental sustainability program for licensed plumbers and apprentices. Full-day workshops are being offered in Waterloo Region, the Greater Toronto Area, and in Vancouver.

“GreenPlumbers® has successfully reduced water consumption across Australia and the USA, and has helped plumbers increase their business to customers interested in sustainability. It is a logical next step to offer this program to Canadian plumbers,” said Mary Ann Dickinson, President and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency. “Creating a national culture of conservation amongst plumbers, who are in direct contact with home and business owners, makes so much sense.”

On Wednesday and Thursday, the 6 and 7 of November, the first of three Canadian Green Plumbers® workshops will take place at RIM Park in Waterloo, ON. Plumbers and apprentices in attendance will receive a certificate, acknowledging that they have advanced knowledge of water efficiency and conservation.

The curriculum is based on a program developed by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials. Local licensed plumbers and apprentices will learn about the latest in high-efficiency fixtures, such as toilets, faucets and washing machines. They will also learn how to calculate potential water and financial savings from installing such fixtures. As well, the program includes a substantial section on the basics of installing rainwater and greywater harvesting systems.

“The Region is proud to host the first Canadian Green Plumbers® workshop, which will equip plumbers with the knowledge and tools they require to better serve their customers,” said Steve Gombos, Water Efficiency Managerwith the Region of Waterloo.

This project is jointly funded by RBC’s Blue Water Project, the Alliance for Water Efficiency, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and a group of municipalities from across Canada. These municipalities include the Region of Peel, Regional Municipality of York, Region of Halton, City of Toronto, Region of Waterloo, City of Guelph, and City of Vancouver. It is being delivered by Econics, a BC-based services firm that specializes in water sustainability. These supporters have come together in recognition of the important role plumbers can play in urban water sustainability.

“This is a natural fit with RBC’s Blue Water Project, which supports initiatives that protect fresh water in Canadian cities,” said Shari Austin, Vice-President, Corporate Citizenship, RBC and Executive Director, RBC Foundation. “There is currently no national sustainability training program for Canadian plumbers. We are pleased to contribute to this project, which fills such an important gap in advancing water sustainability in Canada.”

Interested tradespeople can register at www.greenplumberscanada.com.



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