Council to discuss water and wastewater rate changes

2015 Non-tax-supported budget open to comment January 21

Guelph, ON, December 19, 2014 – Community members will have a few opportunities to participate in the 2015 budget discussion beginning with a proposed water rate increase. The City will present the Non-tax-supported portion of Guelph’s Financial Strategy on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.

“Guelph’s sound financial strategy focuses on taking care of what we own, enhancing City services and ensuring regulatory compliance in a way that is affordable for residents and businesses in Guelph,” said Al Horsman, Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services.

Water and Wastewater Services

Guelph continues to make the most of its existing infrastructure and has deferred millions of dollars in capital investments by optimizing water and wastewater systems. The community contributes to these efforts by using waster wisely.

The City delivers safe drinking water and effective sewage treatment, and ensures the timely replacement of Guelph’s water related infrastructure to reduce the risk of system failures and expensive emergency repairs, and to support Guelph’s continued growth. This includes building reserve funds.

In 2015, the City plans to invest approximately $16.5 million to renew aging water and wastewater infrastructure, and another $19.1 million in growth-related upgrades and expansions to water and wastewater treatment, storage, collection and distribution systems.

“Successful water conservation and infrastructure renewal programs allow us to keep rates affordable,” said Horsman. “In 2015, we are proposing a measured increase and we will conduct a water and wastewater rate review study which will include a review of affordability and rate structures in our comparator municipalities.”

Proposed 2015 water/wastewater charges
Proposed charges 2014 2015 change
Water Volume – $/cubic metre (M3) $1.43 $1.53 $0.10
Water Basic – $/Day $0.25 $0.26 $0.01
Wastewater Volume – $/Cubic metre (M3) $1.59 $1.66 $0.07
Wastewater Basic – $/day $0.31 $0.32 $0.01


When rate changes are applied on March 1, 2015, the average residential annual bill would change from $763 to $796 ($33 or 4.3 per cent). City estimate of average annual volume of water consumed by a Guelph household of three people.

Building Services

The proposed $3 million operating and $34,200 2015 capital budget includes continued investments to improve the City’s online building permit application system and enhance service to residential and commercial customers.

Court Services

The proposed $3.35 million operating and $302,400 2015 capital budget includes plans to implement convenient online processes.

Have Your Say

View the proposed 2015 Non-tax-supported Operating and Capital Budget.

Delegations have to be registered by 9 a.m. Friday, January 16 to speak at the January 21 budget meeting. The meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

View all budget documents at . Residents planning to address City Council regarding the proposed budget for Water and Wastewater Services, Court Services and Ontario Building Code Administration are invited to call 519-837-5603 or email by 9 a.m. on Friday, January 16.

For more information

Al Horsman
Chief Financial Officer/Deputy Chief Administrative Officer
Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services
519-822-1260 extension 5606

Mark Amorosi
Deputy Chief Administrative Officer
Corporate Services
519-822-1260 extension 2281