31 Jan 2017

Highlights from new report on investing in Canada’s urban water sustainability

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The Forum for Leadership on Water has just released a report titled Smart, Strategic Investments for Urban Water Sustainability: Seizing Canada’s Infrastructure Moment. The report provides strategies and recommendations to help align anticipated investments in water infrastructure and governance with a vision of sustainability, resilience, and innovation. Three key strategies underlying the report’s recommendations are the following: get the most out of existing assets by improving asset management, maximizing water efficiency, and optimizing wastewater treatment facilities;  invest in living green […]

14 Dec 2016

2016 Water Industry Outlook: Familiar Problems Carry New Urgency

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A new report by Black & Veatch found that most key issues affecting the water industry in 2016 are linked to funding and cost concerns. The distinct but related challenges of aging water and wastewater infrastructure, managing capital costs, and justifying capital improvements all featured in the top five issues cited in the report. Only 28% of water utility managers surveyed for the report indicated that existing revenues are sufficient to cover maintenance, debt servicing, capital investments and reserve costs, […]

22 Aug 2016

How Does Your Community Stack Up? Insights from the 2016 BC Municipal Water Survey

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The BC Municipal Water Survey 2016, undertaken by the Water Planning Lab at UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning, provides an overview of water consumption and pricing, metering coverage, and conservation initiatives across British Columbia. The data are based on information collected from the 32% of BC local governments who responded to the survey.     Key Findings From the Survey  Per capita water consumption and residential consumption have continued their downward trajectory, falling 18% and 12% respectively, relative […]

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16 Nov 2015

City of Port Alberni Adopts New Water and Sewer Rates

Posted by JP Joly

The City of Port Alberni is committed to creating a sustainable community that promotes environmental, social and economic prosperity. Under this guiding principle the City recently reviewed its water and sewer utility to ensure there is a long term financial plan that accounts for the full cost of service delivery including replacement of infrastructure over the long term. “A major issue here is that by taking responsibility for long term sustainability, this should improve our chances at getting senior government […]

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26 Aug 2015

Sustainable Services Delivery

Posted by JP Joly

Managing infrastructure is an iterative process that responds to changing environmental, economic and social realities. The process is centered on sustainable services delivery. It begins by articulating community needs and values and defining levels of service to meet those needs. Existing infrastructure and operational processes are updated, and new ones established to deliver the appropriate levels of services. Long term financial plans and pricing structures are developed to support and sustain the cycle. If costs become unaffordable, then needs and […]

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6 Oct 2014

Econics Moves Downtown

Posted by JP Joly

Econics has moved from the ‘burbs to the centre of the action. Easier access to resources, more bike-friendly commuting, and a more stimulating office environment prompted the switch. We share our new space with Tectoria, an organization that accelerates technology-focused companies in Victoria. Surrounded by other hi-tech, innovative companies, we’re looking forward to exploring fresh perspectives and novel ideas with our new office mates.   Check out a few pics of our swanky digs.   We’re also hoping that the […]

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18 Sep 2014

Join Econics at the Western Canada Water Conference

Posted by JP Joly

Where will we get our water savings from in the future? Demand management initiatives have matured from the “water conservation” era, beginning in the 1970s, to the “demand management” era, in the mid-1990s. Now, in many places across North America, we are entering a “third generation”. One week from today, as part of the Western Canada Water conference in Regina, Econics’ Kirk Stinchcombe will relive this progression and also discuss the future of water conservation program design across the continent. […]

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16 May 2014

One Year Flies By

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They say that time flies when you are having fun, and we can’t believe it has been a year already. Louise Brennan and Ben Robinson joined Econics in the spring of 2013; a year filled with exciting challenges, steep learning curves, and lots of achievements. Here’s what they said when asked to sum it all up: “From communications to green plumbing to Blue Cities to conservation programs, the past year has had a bit of everything. Each project is an […]

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4 Apr 2014

What is/are econics?

Posted by JP Joly

e·con·ics  (ɛkˈə nɪks, ih-kaan-iks) noun 1. a multi-disciplinary combination of the disciplines of ecology, economics, engineering, finance, and management to deliver an improved ecosystem management platform as a gateway towards sustainable development in a sustainable functioning socio-economic system. (read about founding concepts of econics here) e·con·ic (ɛkˈə nɪk, ih-kaan-ik) noun plural noun: econics 1. a selfless, uniform-wearing, tireless-goal-achieving, usually ontime, toiler in the multidiscipline of econics. (see some examples of econics here) adjective 1. a qualifier that means something or […]

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10 Mar 2014

Five Things We Learned from Plumber Sustainability Training

Posted by JP Joly

In the fall of 2013, 128 Canadian licensed plumbers and apprentices took part in a pilot version of the Green Plumbers® USA program. They came from the Greater Toronto Area, Kitchener-Guelph-Waterloo, and the City of Vancouver to learn about a plumber’s role in urban water sustainability. Of course, we hoped participants would find topics such as the water cycle, conservation programs, water audits, high-efficiency technology, rainwater harvesting and greywater interesting. However, a core purpose of the pilot project was for […]

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4 Mar 2014

Town of Gibsons Charts Path to Sustainability

Posted by JP Joly

The Town of Gibsons plans to be around for a very long time; and to provide water to its residents, businesses, and industries for a very long time. Now, with a bit of help from Econics’ WaterWorth™ tools, they are well on their way to doing just that. It all began in 2013 when during a routine rate review staff realized the Town was somewhat dependent on grants to fund their water and wastewater utilities. Considering that grants are increasingly […]

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27 Jan 2014

Blue City: The Water Sustainable City of the Near Future

Posted by JP Joly

What colour is the sky? What colour is the ocean? What colour is your city?! Blue City: The Water Sustainable City of the Near Future is about an urban environment that is in sync with nature and with its citizens. And best of all, it is achievable! The report, which was authored by Econics, is the collective vision, strategy and business plan for the Blue City articulated by seventeen industry experts. Flip through the pages to learn of practical innovations […]

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20 Jul 2015

Affordability of Water Rates is Not Incompatible with Full Cost Pricing

Posted by Kirk Stinchcombe

In order to maintain a sustainable level of delivery of water and wastewater services, local governments must ensure that revenues are sufficient for long term operation and replacement of infrastructure. Yet In Canada’s Infrastructure Deficit: a Sad Legacy for Future Generations, Saeed Mirza, McGill Civil Engineering Emeritus Professor describes the growing deficit in water and wastewater infrastructure investment in Canada. Local governments are grappling with this fact and responding by pursuing better practices in asset management and long term financial planning. […]

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26 Nov 2013

Get Your Mind Into the Gutter

Posted by JP Joly

The myth of abundance remains strong. Yet, reality is that many communities face water shortages during summer months when demand is greatest. And with our changing climate, this reality may only become more prevalent and stark in the near future. Harvesting rainwater is both an ancient tradition and an up-and-coming approach to conservation. In Canada, and across the world, rainwater promises to relieve increasing pressures on stressed municipal supplies. However, its use is accompanied by technical and regulatory complexities and, […]

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1 Nov 2013

Inspiration from “The Water Brothers”

Posted by JP Joly

The Water Brothers, Alex and Tyler, combine investigative journalism with eco-adventure. They explore and report on the societal and environmental impacts of our civilization on our oceans and our freshwater supplies. They deliver their message in a positive style that both reminds us of the seriousness of the issues while also inspiring hope that we can make a difference in the way we live our lives. Econics had the chance to listen to and meet these guys at the Canadian Water […]

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15 Oct 2013

Climate or Conservation?

Posted by JP Joly

How do you know whether variations in climate or progressive water conservation programs are controlling demand? This is what the Region of Waterloo’s Water Efficiency Manager, Steve Gombos, wanted to know. Total and peak consumption have been falling in the Region since the early 2000s, but can that be attributed to the “one day per week” watering restriction? To find the answer, Econics isolated total demand from climate factors. We compared demand for climate-similar years and “corralled” climate effects on demand […]

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5 Sep 2013

Summer Garden Parties Curb Water Demand in Vancouver

Posted by JP Joly

Econics is wrapping up its second summer of successfully delivering Greenest City Garden Workshops for the City of Vancouver. This program is helping the City to meet its water conservation and waste reduction targets, which are identified in the Greenest City Action Plan. Each summer, fifty residents were randomly selected to voluntarily host a garden party for their friends and neighbours. A professional garden consultant was sent to the host’s own backyard to share customized expertise with the party around […]

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30 Aug 2013

Econics releases WaterWorth v2.6

Posted by JP Joly

We have recently enhanced our Waterworth technology and released version 2.6. The tool suite now supports at least a 20 year planning time frame for all the various modules. Cost-of-service and billing impact analyses are comprehensive. Waterworth makes use of and can handle heavy lifting of data like never before making it easier to explore what-if scenarios. Collaborating with our clients just got easier. Perhaps the most important enhancement to Waterworth is its ability to support the delivery of standardized services […]

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1 Jun 2010

Worth Every Penny: A Primer on Conservation-Oriented Water Pricing

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Worth Every Penny: A Primer on Conservation-Oriented Water Pricing provides an overview of conservation-oriented water pricing for decision makers, water utilities and service providers in Canada. It explains how water pricing works, what the benefits are, and how water utilities can implement conservation-oriented water pricing structures as a key tool in the water manager’s toolkit. As well, it offers advice on how to address implementation challenges, including how to avoid penalizing low-income families and how to maintain revenue stability for […]

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17 Aug 2013

Meet with us October 16-18 in Calgary at CWWA conference.

Posted by JP Joly

The Canadian Water and Wastewater Association and the Canadian National Water Efficiency Network are pleased to present the Canadian Energy and Water Efficiency Conference. The Conference will be held October 16-18, 2013 at The Westin Calgary in Calgary , Alberta. Econics is pleased to be a silver level sponsor. The Econics team will be in Calgary during this time celebrating our re-launch. We are working on some exciting ground-breaking ideas around targeted demand management and demand-managed revenue forecasting that we`ll […]

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20 Jul 2015

Affordability of Water Rates is Not Incompatible with Full Cost Pricing

Posted by JP Joly

In order to maintain a sustainable level of delivery of water and wastewater services, local governments must ensure that revenues are sufficient for long term operation and replacement of infrastructure. Yet In Canada’s Infrastructure Deficit: a Sad Legacy for Future Generations, Saeed Mirza, McGill Civil Engineering Emeritus Professor describes the growing deficit in water and wastewater infrastructure investment in Canada. Local governments are grappling with this fact and responding by pursuing better practices in asset management and long term financial […]

1 Jan 2013

JP Joly and Kirk Stinchcombe form Econics

Posted by JP Joly

Kirk Stinchcombe, original founder of Econnics, joins forces with JP Joly to transform how water sustainability services are delivered to local governments. Econnics is transformed into Econics as it acquires WaterWorth(TM) technology that enables standardized services delivery at standardized prices. To celebrate the new partnership, we just completed a major re-branding and re-launch. Our new logo, the runner, symbolizes the overarching purpose of Econics – to tirelessly support water service providers and other organizations in the pursuit of the sustainability of […]

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12 Feb 2013

Econics acquires AquaVic WaterWorth v2.5 technology

Posted by JP Joly

Under an exclusive ownership arrangement, WaterWorth v2.5 technology tools and associated services have been transferred to Econics effective December 31, 2012. Econics founder, JP Joly, has worked with AquaVic as the principal developer of WaterWorth technology since 2006. This means that Econics will be able to provide the preeminent quantitative analysis capabilities. WaterWorth™ does the heavy lifting, allowing us to sort, organize, and understand huge amounts of water consumption, billing, financial and infrastructure data. We have made a number of […]

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