Erosion Control and Infrastructure Protection at German Mills Creek and Reducing Municipal Water Loss and Energy Consumption through Pressure Management Presented by 2020 Engineering Project and Engineering Research Project of the Year Awards Winners

Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: Online - Zoom



As the kickoff for the 2021 Engineering Project and Engineering Research Project of the Year Awards, we are pleased to invite back our 2020 Award winners to present their projects. We will hear from our First Place Small Project Category Winner- Resilient Consulting Corporation: The City of Markham retained Resilient Consulting Corporation for the restoration design of a failing slope along German Mills Creek adjacent to a capped landfill. The City’s goal was to stabilize the slope with a naturalized solution to protect the capped landfill from further erosion. Resilient with the help of subconsultants developed an environmentally friendly naturalized solution that stabilized the slope, enhanced fish habitat, protected the landfill from being exposed to further erosion while also providing a benefit to local park visitors and the natural environment.

Our First Place Engineering Research Project of the Year Award:

Winner- HydraTek & Associates: A mobile testing unit to assist municipalities to quantify leakage in their water distribution systems was developed and deployed in eight jurisdictions across Ontario. The project was primarily sponsored by the Independent Electricity System Operator to encourage water loss reduction which, in turn, reduces energy consumption from pumping. In total, 20 sites were tested and the results were used to establish performance benchmarks that municipalities can use to assess the relative health of their systems.

Among the sites tested, three were identified as having significant amounts of excess leakage. For one of those sites, the beneficial impact of repairs made by the municipality were measured and verified, yielding water savings of 140 million litres per year, financial savings of $426,000 per year and energy savings in excess of 100 MWh per year.

The project in general, and these results in specific, provided the proof-of-concept for this method of testing and advanced the practice from engineering research to commercialization and which can be easily replicated for more widespread application as municipalities grapple with issues of aging infrastructure, increasing demands and the conservation of natural (and financial) resources.

PEO York Chapter’s Engineering Project of the Year Award (POTYA) and Engineering Research Project of the Year Award are parts of an annual Engineering Project competition set to recognize the contribution to the engineering profession and local community of an organization that has completed an outstanding Engineering Project or research project within the past year. The application period is now open for the 2021 Engineering Project of the Year Award and Engineering Research Project of the Year Award.

About the Speakers:

Fabian PapaFabian Papa:

Fabian has over 20 years of experience in engineering practice with a focus on urban water systems. He is a principal of HydraTek & Associates and has held the position of Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto. He is also a reviewer for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Green Municipal Fund and Municipal Innovation programs. Based in Toronto and with projects across Canada and internationally, HydraTek specializes in hydraulics and energy investigations in water and wastewater systems.


Adem NespoloAdam Nespolo:

Adam Nespolo has over 6 years of consulting experience in water resources engineering. Over his career, Adam has focused on floodplain hydraulics and mapping, hydrologic modelling, erosion restoration and infrastructure protection, and detailed design of stormwater management infrastructure. Adam is an experienced engineer that has completed projects from inception through to construction, including site inspection and contract administration.











Anita Eisakhani, P. Eng
Awards and Recognition Director
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