Municipal Water Supply Infrastructure Governance in Canada:

Uptake of water conservation technologies in the context of utility restructuring.

Water Sector Restructuring in Ontario: Expert Questionnaire

In the summer of 2005, a two-part survey directed at municipal water operators, conservation authorities, ENGOs, business and professional associations, municipal organizations and government departments concerned with water supply in Ontario was conducted. The first two thirds of the survey were general and required responses from all participants. The final third was directed solely at municipal water operators. Approximately 330 surveys were disseminated by mail and using a web-based version of the survey. A response rate of 25% was achieved with 82 respondents in total.

Several files are available for download:

  • A full copy of the survey ‘Water Sector Restructuring in Ontario: Expert Questionnaire’
  • The raw data of the survey responses
  • A research note highlighting some results of a preliminary analysis of the survey data using SPSS.
  • Graphic representations of the survey responses. See below.

Figure 1. Promoting Efficiency
Figure 2. Pricing
Figure 3. Sustainability
Figure 4. Governance Issues
Figure 5. Restructuring 1
Figure 6. Restructuring 2
Figure 7. Conservation
Figure 8. DSM Goals
Figure 9. DSM Adoption
Figure 10. DSM Tools
Figure 11. DSM Facility
Figure 12. DSM Comparative
Figure 13. Financing


PHASE 2: WATER GOVERNANCE IN CANADA

Water Sector Governance in Canada: Expert Questionnaire

Between August and December 2007, a two-part survey based on the Ontario questionnaire was disseminated to a cross-Canada sample of respondents. These included: municipal water operators, conservation bodies, ENGOs, business and professional associations, municipal organizations and government departments concerned with water supply. The survey closely followed the Ontario version, with some adjustments. Again, the first two thirds of the survey were general and required responses from all participants. The final third was directed solely at municipal water operators. Four hundred and twenty-one (421) surveys were disseminated by mail. These were followed with a web-based version of the survey to encourage more responses. A response rate of 28% was achieved with 119 respondents in total. The distribution of responses is shown in the table below.

Several files are available for download:

  1. What are the top three challenges for water supply in your municipality and in Canada? (Q4)
  2. Municipalities should have greater legislative authority than at present. (Q10b)
  3. What is your opinion of the following business models for water utilities in Canada? (Q11)
  4. How much do the following statements reflect your organization’s view of how water should be priced? (Q7)
  5. What is your opinion of amalgamating small water utilities to create economies of scope? (Q12)
  6. How Important are Improving the Following for your Organization? (Q5)
  7. What elements would your organization promote for the improvement of efficiency in municipal water supply? (Q6)
  8. Distribution of Responsibilities between Levels of Government (Qs 9,10 &13)
  9. To what degree are the following drivers for or inhibitors to the uptake of conservation in the water sector? (Q17)
  10. To what degree have the following DSM approaches been adopted in your municipality? To what degree should they be? How easy/difficult is their implementation? (Qs 19-20)
Project status:
This project is now concluded
For more information about this program, please contact:
Kathryn Furlong