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Free Water Audits for Industrial, Commercial and Institutional

The ICI Audit and Capacity Buy Back Incentive Program is offering free, water-use audits to eligible industrial, commercial and institutional businesses located within York Region.

The purpose of these audits is to identify water-saving opportunities through:

  • Replacement of older, less efficient equipment with new, modern equipment
  • Reuse of once-through cooling water
  • Replacement of once-through cooling water system with closed-loop chilled water cooling system
  • Water recovery from water-cooled boiler pumps
  • Replacement of water-cooled vacuum pumps with oil-lubricated central vacuum pump system
  • Water recovery from water-cooled air compressors
  • Replacement of water-cooled air compressors with air-cooled air compressors equipped with variable speed drives
  • Reuse of condensing water from steam
  • ICI water-efficiency outdoor irrigation system
  • High efficiency industrial clothes washers (not covered by ICI Commercial Clothes Washer Replacement Rebate)

Approved applicants are eligible for the Capacity Buy-back Program, a one-time financial incentive following the implementation of the capital retrofits identified in the audits, to permanently reduce water usage.  The program offers a one-time incentive of $0.30 per litre of water saving per average day, or 50 per cent of the total capital cost of the retrofit up to a maximum of $50,000.

Applications for the ICI Audit and Capacity Buy Back Program are acted upon on a first-come, first-served basis and are contingent upon the availability of annual program funding.