Joint Update from ICONIX Waterworks and Golf for Kids Committee Regarding 2020 Tournament

 

May 20, 2020

Cancellation of 2020 Golf for Kids Charity Classic

Due to the public health concerns as well as government recommendations surrounding COVID-19 and large public gatherings, the Golf for Kids Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Golf for Kids Charity Classic, which was scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 12, 2020.

Planning was well underway for this year’s tournament and we deeply regret having to cancel the event. Our number one priority is the health and safety of the public and our community – the golfers, sponsors, volunteers, hotel staff, and everyone involved in the event. 

The Committee is working hard to find alternative and creative ways to support the Golf for Kids and the various charities this year, including a virtual 2020 event, and will communicate additional details as they become available. 

ICONIX Waterworks Withdraws as Title Sponsor

ICONIX Waterworks is also announcing today that it is has made the difficult decision to withdraw as title sponsor for the Golf for Kids event. 

“The Golf for Kids Charity Classic and the recipients of the fundraising efforts hold a special place in all our hearts, however, ICONIX’s mandate moving forward is to diversify our fundraising efforts and support charities and organizations across North America,” explained Tony Codispoti, VP and COO of ICONIX Waterworks Canada.

“Although the decision was difficult to permanently remove ourselves as title sponsor, please know we truly understand the impact of what this may have on the tournament and the recipients of the charity,” added Tony Codispoti. 

The decision comes at a difficult time given the current COVID-19 situation, however, ICONIX’s focus and number one priority during this time is keeping our employees, customers, vendors, and communities safe and doing what we can to contribute to the containment of COVID-19 is always at the forefront of our minds. 

“On behalf of ICONIX, I would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone that has been involved in making Golf for Kids a huge success over the past 21 years. We truly appreciate the time, dedication, and generous donations from all of the volunteers, sponsors, and participants. With your help, we have made a significant difference and impact in the communities across British Columbia. And a special thank you to the Golf for Kids Committee for their extraordinary leadership over the years,” said Tony Codispoti.

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In the News: Efforts continue to bring smart water meters to Preston and Galt

Source: Cambridge Times (April 21, 2020)

Written by: Ray Martin

As COVID-19 paralyzes many operations across the city, the municipality is continuing with some installations of smart water meters to improve the efficiency and reliability of the water system.

“With the City’s Smart Metering Program we have had to put a hold on most of the planned work to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Mike Parsons, city director of public works.

"We have asked ICONIX, our primary smart meter installer, to pause all activity except for any work that could be completed without the need for any public interaction."

The new smart meters will use advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) to provide remote water meter readings, data analysis and proactive issue detection.

The city-wide installation is taking place in several stages, with the first already underway.

But the full rollout is now uncertain due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

“The program was supposed to be completed by the end of 2020," explained Parsons.

"However, approximately 50 per cent of our installations have been put on hold until we are able to enter homes again, which is likely when the province declares the state of emergency over. At that point we will need around 10 to 12 months to finish our field work.”

As the city and its contractor wait out the pandemic, some work is still going ahead outside residences.

However, the contractor, ICONIX Waterworks, and the city are following revised procedures to install the new radio transmitters on home exteriors.

This means ICONIX installers will contact homeowners by telephone, after an appointment is made by the homeowner, at the start of the installation.

The radio transmitter will then be installed over top of the existing meter-reading touchpad. Once the work is completed, the installer will leave a notice on the front door of the residence.

There will be no direct contact, no water disruptions and no action will be required by homeowners.

The rnstallations will take place weekdays from 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. in April and May in the first phase of the program.

According to a city report, the Advanced Metering Infrastructure will create a smart water metering system in which data is fed back to the city, providing near real-time readings.

It will eliminate the need for meter readers and allow customers to view their water consumption in near real time. Notifications can also be sent warning homeowners of possible leaks or of higher consumption rates.

In addition, work is continuing on development of back-end functions like the customer portal and analytical tools.

“This means anyone who already has one of these devices installed should (soon) be able to access the customer tools,” Parsons said.

As well as providing near real-time information on water use for customers, the new system will allow the city to monitor for leaks across the water system.

“This is one of the benefits we plan on leveraging as soon as we can,” Parsons said.

Through the installation of smart “zone meters” on strategic parts of the water system city staff will be able to measure the bulk supply of water to an area, like a subdivision, and compare the bulk volume delivered over time to customers for the same period.

If the bulk supply exceeds the granular sum, city staff will investigate the area to determine the source of the discrepancies and resolve them.

“This helps us stop loss more aggressively and will lead to overall savings,” he said.

By working to plug leaks in the system, the city was able through conventional methods to reduce water consumption and water treatment by one per cent in 2019 and anticipates further reducing the cost of buying water from Waterloo Region and the reducing the amount of water treated by the region by a further one per cent in 2020.

“Once fully implemented, we are expecting the smart meters to provide a similar benefit each year,” Parsons said.

Steps We’re Taking to Address COVID-19

 

Monday, March 16, 2020

To Our Valued Customers, Vendors, and Partners:

As ICONIX Waterworks continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation very closely, we want to share the actions we’re taking to keep our branches safe and clean for you, our employees, and the community in general. 

We want to assure you that we have already implemented certain protocols in our branches and offices and are closely monitoring for updates so we can make necessary changes with guidance from local and public health agencies and the World Health Organization.

To date, we have:

  • Enhanced our cleaning processes at all ICONIX locations, which includes regularly disinfecting high-traffic areas and surfaces such as sales counters, product displays, and door handles.
  • Increased accessibility of hand sanitizers for customers and employees.
  • Suspended our complimentary in-store services as a precautionary measure, and for the welfare and safety of our customers and employees (i.e. coffee and donuts).
  • Formed an internal committee to field questions and provide employees with updates as the situation unfolds.
  • Developed contingency plans for our branches that can quickly and efficiently be put in place depending on the needs of the community.
  • Ensured our employees have the information they need to stay healthy, to stay home if they are feeling sick, or to work from home, wherever possible. 
  • Placed restrictions on business travel and have strongly advised employees to avoid personal travel outside of their country.
  • Requested employees who have traveled outside of the country to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Developed guidelines for Customers, Vendors, and Partners to follow prior to and while visiting ICONIX sites or projects.

The health and safety of our customers, partners, and employees is and always will be our top priority, and we will continue to take the necessary steps to ensure we are doing our part to keep the community healthy. 

If you have any questions or concerns, speak to our Branch Manager or contact us at inquiries@iconixww.com.

We thank you for your support and look forward to continuing to serve you.

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In the News: Last Call for New Water Meter Installation

Source: PANow (November 26, 2019)

Written by: Alison Sandstrom

With 75 per cent of installations complete, the City of Prince Albert is asking residents who do not yet have a new water meter to get in touch.

“We have reached the point in the process where people are getting harder to reach,” Director of Finance Cheryl Tkachuk said in a media release.

“We want to offer a last call to the community to book their appointment before we move towards enforcement options.”

Of the more than 11,000 new meters that need to be installed, the city said 2,800 remain to be completed.

“Our contractor, ICONIX, will be calling the remaining owners one-by-one and knocking on doors to try and get in touch with property owners,” Tkachuk said.

According to the media release at least four attempts to will be made to contact property owners. After that, water could be shut off.

At a Thursday budget meeting, Tkachuk said the city plans to switch over to monthly billing in January, meaning residents could receive their first bill under the new system in February.

It is believed that monthly bills will be easier for consumers to pay, as opposed the current three-month billing cycle. The new meters also allow for more timely readings, leak detection and the ability to monitor usage through an online app.

Nearly $100,000 was budgeted for administrative fees associated with the new meters and monthly billing in the 2021 utility budget, $25,000 of which was for the increase in postage.

The city is asking those without an installation appointment to make one by Dec. 9.

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