CBRM Water wins Engagement Award at 7th Annual Bright Business Awards

October 17, 2018


(Halifax, N.S.) – Five winners were awarded Efficiency Nova Scotia’s Bright Business awards on October 16th.

The Engagement award recognizes an organization’s leadership and commitment to energy efficiency through activities such as planning, project development, energy management, and employee engagement. CBRM Water took home the Engagement Award (view video).

CBRM Water has implemented an ambitious water leakage reduction project over the last 3 years that has seen water leakage reduced by more than 500 million gallons per year in the North Sydney and Sydney Water Treatment Distribution Systems.

“When the program is complete, the CBRM Water Utility anticipates a significant reduction in water loss volumes resulting in the potential to save upwards of 1.8 gWh of electricity annually with an overall cost savings of nearly $300,000 per year in reduced power and chemicals combined,” says Greg Campbell, Water Systems Engineer. “This program has also resulted in a noticeable cultural change that highlights energy efficiency in the utility.”

CBRM Water has worked with an on-site Energy Manager since 2014 in partnership with Efficiency NS. They have been tracking the energy usage in its facilities with Natural Resources Canada’s ENERGYSTAR Portfolio Manager, and have provided co-op terms to students and worked with NSCC ESET Students to provide education and training opportunities.

“CBRM Water has set aggressive targets and have been identifying opportunities across their organization that will help them achieve them,” says Janet Tobin, spokesperson for Efficiency Nova Scotia. “Staff at all levels are highly engaged and there is buy-in from local government as well as the broader community.”

The Bright Business Awards is now in its seventh year and recognizes organizations and individuals in Nova Scotia for their achievements and leadership in the field of energy efficiency. Other 2018 winners include:

  • Community Award: Town of Bridgewater
  • Engagement Award: CBRM Water
  • Innovation Award: Ecology Action Centre
  • Partnership Award: Thinkwell Shift
  • Leadership Award: Bill Murphy, Cape Breton Municipality

Award winners were announced during the seventh annual Bright Business Conference at the Halifax Convention Centre in Halifax on Tuesday, October 16th. Speakers included keynote speaker Jeff Reading, Innovative Partnerships, ATCO Innovation, and Ben Jessome, MLA for Hammonds Plains-Lucasville.

Efficiency Nova Scotia is operated by EfficiencyOne, an independent, non-profit organization based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Since 2010, we’ve helped more than 225,000 program participants save energy and money. Efficiency Nova Scotia is your go-to place for energy saving programs and services.

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For more information contact:

Janet Tobin
Communications Lead, Efficiency Nova Scotia


Greg Campbell, Water Engineer
CBRM Water