Guelph Water Services upgrades fuel storage system

Project partially funded by Ontario Drinking Water Stewardship Program

GUELPH, ON, February 2, 2012 – The fuel storage tanks located at the City’s F.M. Woods Pumping Station, 29 Waterworks Place, have been upgraded with financial assistance from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s Drinking Water Stewardship Program.

The project involved replacing two underground storage tanks, which provided fuel for Guelph Water Services’ vehicles, with an above-ground fuel storage system that dispenses more environmentally friendly types of fuel such as low-sulphur diesel and ethanol-containing gasoline.

“The province is pleased to assist Guelph in protecting its drinking water,” said Jim Bradley, Ontario Minister of the Environment.

The City qualified for the $155,000 grant because the handling and storage of fuel is considered a threat to drinking water in Ontario’s Clean Water Act, and the underground tanks were located in a water protection area. The total cost of the upgrade was about $350,000.

“We are grateful for the Province’s funding support, which allowed us to make this upgrade and keep our drinking water safe,” said Mayor Karen Farbridge.

For more information

Michelle Rickard
Communications Coordinator
Corporate Communications
T 519-822-1260 x 2283
michelle.rickard@guelph.ca

Kate Jordan
Ministry of the Environment
Communications Branch
T 416-314-6666
kate.jordan@ontario.ca