Council approves 4.1 per cent water, wastewater rate increases

2015 Non-tax-supported budget receives Council approval

Guelph, ON, January 28, 2015 – Earlier this evening, Council approved the City’s Water and Wastewater Services, Building Code Administration and Court Services budgets.

“We continue to keep Guelph’s water and wastewater rates within the average among our comparator municipalities through the innovative and proactive programs undertaken by these departments,” noted Al Horsman, Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services. “For example, Water Services continues enhanced leak detection work to reclaim water supply capacity, and Wastewater Services has performed an optimization demonstration to allow the City to apply for a re-rating of the treatment facility that will help offset the costs of any future expansions, if required.”

Approved 2015 water/wastewater charges, effective March 1, 2015
2014 2015 CHANGE
Water Volume – $/cubic metre (M3) $1.43 $1.52 $0.09
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
 Average residential annual bill (185 M3*)  $763  $794  $31 or 4.1%

*City estimate of average annual volume of water consumed by a Guelph household of three people

Water Services
The $27.1 million operating budget and $206.6 million 10-year capital budget and forecast for Water Services allows Guelph to continue delivering a safe and sustainable water supply while renewing its aging infrastructure.

Wastewater Services
The $28.8 million operating and $192.1 million 10-year capital budget and forecast support continued optimization of Guelph’s wastewater systems.

Building Services
The $3 million operating and $166,000 10-year capital budget and forecast include continued investments to improve the City’s online building permit application system, and enhance service to residential and commercial customers.

Court Services
The $3.35 million operating and $682,400 10-year capital budget and forecast include plans to implement convenient e-ticket processes.

2015 City Budget

The Non-tax-supported budget is the first of four to be approved by City Council. Residents are invited to review proposed documents and bring their comments to Council on February 25 (Capital Budget meeting) and March 11 (Public Delegation Night), and to follow the City’s budget news on, Twitter (@cityofguelph, #GuelphBudget) and

Delegation registration and submission must be submitted by Friday, February 20 at 9 a.m. for the Capital Budget meeting and Friday, March 6 at 9 a.m. for the Public Delegation Night.

All budget documents and related information will be posted on as they become available.

Coming up next

February 25 – Proposed Capital Budget presentation and public delegations
February 26 – Proposed Local Boards Operating and Capital Budget presentation
March 5 – Proposed Operating Budget presentation

March 11 – Public delegation night

March 25 – Council deliberates and approves Operating and Capital budgets
March 31 – additional meeting for budget approvals if necessary

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