Water Programs and Funding

The Region of Waterloo has funding and programs to help businesses, institutions and other non-residential properties protect and conserve water.

Reducing water and associated energy use 

The Water Efficient Technology (WET) program provides commercial, industrial and institutional-sector companies with resources and funding to reduce water use. Benefit from lower water and associated energy costs and public recognition for your environmental stewardship.

Services and funding we provide
Free water-use reviews

Request your free water-use review. Our staff will conduct an on-site review of your water uses and help you create an action plan. It is a great way to learn about the program, discuss your water use requirements and find out about available funding. 

Fixture replacements

Upgrading to water-efficient fixtures reduces your water costs and can often save on energy too. The Region of Waterloo can help:

  • Upgrade your inefficient showerheads and aerators for free with new water-efficient fixtures
  • Restaurants and food processors can also receive free upgrades for pre-rinse spray valves
Funding and cost sharing

We offer cost-sharing and rebate opportunities for many different CII (Commercial, Industrial, Institutional) businesses:

  • 50% funding for facility water balance audits, up to a maximum of $10,000
  • 50% funding for engineering consulting fees for water process upgrades, up to a maximum of $10,000
  • 50% funding for water sub-metering installations within manufacturing plants, low-rise condominiums, strip malls and other commercial businesses, up to a maximum of $10,000
  • We help repay businesses that invest in water conservation. Funding is based on measured water savings and the project's capital costs

Winter maintenance resources

Salt can damage concrete, kill landscapes, destroy flooring and carpets. Most importantly, salt harms our community’s drinking water.

These free winter maintenance resources can help protect your property from over-salting while maintaining winter safety.

Business and Restaurant certifications

The Region of Waterloo awards certifications to recognize local businesses for their sustainable water use. We offer a water efficiency certification for restaurants, and another water efficiency certification for all other businesses.

Many businesses can lower operating costs by conserving water and its associated energy consumption. Whether in the commercial, industrial or institutional fields, companies find savings by:

  • Reducing leaks
  • Changing employee behaviour
  • Upgrading/servicing inefficient equipment such as:
    • Toilets
    • Spray valves
    • Faucets
    • Water softeners
    • Water-cooled compressors
    • Washing systems

In restaurants, there are even more opportunities to save when upgrading/servicing:

  • Ice machines
  • Steamers
  • Wok tables
  • Dishwashers
  • Hot water systems

Join the Region’s growing list of restaurants and other businesses in Waterloo Region recognized for their sustainable water use.

List of Water Efficient Certified Restaurants
  • Angie’s (Erb St., Waterloo)
  • Beertown (Cambridge)
  • Borealis Grille & Bar
  • Boston Pizza (Alpine Centre, Kitchener)
  • Boston Pizza (King St. N., Waterloo)
  • Boston Pizza (Erb St., Waterloo)
  • Charcoal Steakhouse
  • Chicopee Tube Park
  • Chill Bar & Grill
  • East Side Mario’s (King St. Waterloo)
  • Edelweiss Tavern
  • Fionn MacCool's (King St. E., Kitchener)
  • Golf’s Steak House & Seafood
  • Kings Buffet (Kitchener)
  • Kypreos Restaurant
  • Marble Slab Creamery (Fischer-Hallman Dr., Kitchener)
  • Nith River Chop House
  • Proof Kitchen and Lounge
  • Subway (Highland Rd., Kitchener)
  • Subway (Jamieson Pkwy., Cambridge)
  • Subway (Baden, Wilmot Township)
  • Swiss Chalet (Fairway Rd., Kitchener)
  • The Keg (Cambridge)
  • Tim Horton’s (Holiday Inn Dr. Cambridge)
  • Tim Horton's (University Ave., Waterloo)
List of Water Efficient Certified Businesses
  • Cambridge Non-Profit Housing
  • CCC Sulphur Products (Sulco)
  • Centurion Property Associates Inc. (Toronto)
  • Chicopee Tube Park
  • City of Cambridge
  • City of Kitchener
  • City of Waterloo
  • Clean Cut Energy (Multi-residential properties in Waterloo Region)
  • Enviro-Stewards Inc.
  • Grand River Foods (Cambridge)
  • Grand River/Freeport Hospitals

  • Kuntz Electroplating

  • Medi-Terra Properties (River Park Village, Cambridge)
  • Onyx Energy (Kitchener)
  • Piller's Fine Foods (Waterloo)
  • Plasti-Fab Ltd

  • Starlight Investments

  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing Company (Cambridge)  

  • Valet Car Wash

  • Victoria Park Community Homes (Hamilton)
  • Waterloo Brewing

  • Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB)
  • Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB)
Criteria for Water Efficient Certified Restaurants

To become a Water Efficient Certified Restaurant, collect five or more points from completing any of the following activities:

Examples of what local restaurants have done to become certified:

  • completed energy and water audits
  • replaced or installed fixtures such as pre-rinse spray valves, tap aerators, flush-valve toilets and urinals with water- and energy efficient models
  • installed hands-free faucets to ensure taps always turned off
  • organized plumbing maintenance schedule for timely leak repairs
  • replaced water-cooled refrigerators with air-cooled models
  • upgraded steam cooling lines to restrict excessive water flows
  • serviced or planned to replace water softening systems
  • installed sub-metering to separate restaurant from parent business, for example, in a hotel
  • maintained outdoor irrigation systems, including pop-up sprinklers
Criteria for Water Efficient Certified Businesses

To become a Water Efficient Certified Business, collect five or more points from completing any of the following activities: 

  • A water balance audit: 3 points
  • A water use review by Region staff: 1 point
  • Billing analysis: 1 point
  • Achieve proven water savings: 3 points
  • An employee working on water efficiency: 1 point
  • A water conservation policy: 1 point
  • An Environmental Management System for water conservation: 1 point
  • Employee education and awareness training: 1 point

Examples of what local businesses have done to become certified:

  • Installed rainwater harvesting and water reuse systems (steam traps, cooling water) 
  • Upgraded reverse osmosis and water softeners
  • Sub-metering (industrial and multi-residential properties)
  • Replaced or installed water- and energy efficient fixtures such as toilets, showerheads and aerators
  • Installed water flow monitors (Flowies)
  • Replaced boiler
  • Reprogramming or rebuilding manufacturing more efficient product lines

Learn more by contacting us via the phone number or email at the bottom of this page.

Water Efficiency Excellence Award

Each year, the Water Efficiency Excellence Award recognizes a local business that completes an exemplary water conservation project. Congratulations to our past winners.

Success stories

Learn how businesses are working with the Region of Waterloo to reduce water use. Also, learn how sub-metering can benefit your business or organization.

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