Second Community Open House scheduled for April 29
Guelph, ON, April 23, 2014 – The City of Guelph is inviting residents and business owners from Guelph and surrounding areas to provide input on where and how the City will get its drinking water in the future. The Water Supply Master Plan update will define how Guelph will continue to access a safe and environmentally sustainable supply of water—for residential, industrial, commercial and institutional use—over the next 25 years.
The public is invited to drop by the Community Open House at City Hall on Tuesday, April 29, any time between 6–8:30 p.m., to learn more about the Water Supply Master Plan update. Project staff will be available for comments and questions that attendees may have regarding the project. A short presentation on progress to date will begin at 7 p.m., and will be followed by a formal question and answer session.
An estimation of how much water Guelph will need up until 2038 has been calculated. This estimation has been compared to how much water the current system can supply and, using established evaluation criteria, potential water supply alternatives have been identified to ensure an adequate supply of water into the future. Feedback from Guelph and surrounding communities will provide valuable insight into the work to date and help inform decision making around future water supplies.
Reviewing the existing water supply system is an opportunity for community discussion about how best to manage this vital supply so that Water Services can continue to provide the high level of service Guelph residents have come to expect.
This review is following the requirements of a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA). When finished—after the Water Supply Master Plan update is reviewed by the Guelph community and approved by Council—it will have identified constraints and opportunities related to the existing water supply system. The input provided at this community open house will help to identify the preferred water supply alternatives and the implementation strategy.