Cleanup complete at site where drums were found

Watermain construction resuming on Wellington Street*

Guelph, ON, June 22, 2015 – Since starting cleanup activities on May 11, a specialized contractor removed 33 170-litre (45-gallon) metal drums from a construction site near the intersection of Wellington Street and the Hanlon Expressway. Thirty of the drums were empty, two contained liquid, and one contained a mixture of liquids and solids.

All materials have been removed from the site for proper disposal. A total of 42 drums were found on the site:

The City’s consultant has confirmed the Remediation Action Plan is complete, and construction of the Paisley-Clythe watermain can resume. Construction requires lane reductions on Wellington Street between the Hanlon Expressway and Edinburgh Road.

Soil quality in the area where the drums were found is the same as it was before construction started, and similar to conditions in other parts of the construction zone. The City will continue monitoring the area as part of its ongoing management of local brownfields and historic landfill and dump sites.

“The City is investigating all known historic landfill and dump sites. We will discuss our findings with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change in order to plan and prioritize any future cleanup activities,” said Kealy Dedman, City engineer.

Phase two construction to start in late fall

Later this year, construction of the York Trunk Sewer and Paisley-Clythe watermain will continue along the Eramosa River, between Gordon Street and Victoria Road. Extensive geotechnical studies and environmental investigation are already underway as this section of the project travels through a historic landfill site. The City will continue posting updates about the project at


For more information

Kealy Dedman, City Engineer/General Manager
Engineering Services
519-822-1260 extension 2248

*Updated June 26, 2015 to reflect changes in the construction schedule. This news release originally stated that construction would begin in July. The City apologizes for the error, and any inconvenience it may have caused.