Media advisory: City hosts stormwater system media tour

Stormwater service fee starts January 2017

Guelph, ON, November 30, 2016 – The City of Guelph is hosting a tour of key stormwater ponds in the community, for local media outlets.

Like many other municipalities, Guelph’s stormwater management system needs significant upgrades and maintenance. On the tour, City staff will share information about Guelph’s stormwater system and its immediate and longer-term needs, and the City’s new funding model to address the estimated $4 million annual funding gap.

Starting January 2017, Guelph residents and businesses will pay for the City’s stormwater service through Guelph Hydro instead of property taxes. The City needs more than $6 million to manage its stormwater system each year. Historically, only about $2 million has been budgeted through property taxes each year. The stormwater service fee will provide dedicated funding for stormwater services, and help close the funding gap.

Media outlets are invited to take photos and video of a dry pond and two wet ponds—one in need of maintenance work, and the other recently maintained.

What

Media tour of Guelph’s stormwater service facilities  

Who

Rachel Ellerman, Engineering Technologist
Arun Hindupur, Infrastructure Planning Engineer

Where

Pond 1

10 to 10:30 a.m.:

Meet at the wet pond near Elmira Road North and Tovell Drive.
Parking is available at Costco Wholesale.
This pond is in need of maintenance and repair.

Pond 2

10:45 to 11:15 a.m.:

Meet at the wet pond near Cole Road and Briarlea Road.
Street parking is available in the neighbourhood.
Maintenance and repair were completed at this pond in November 2016.

Pond 3

11:30 a.m. to noon:

Meet at the dry pond near Yewholme Drive and Kortright Road West.
Street parking is available in the neighbourhood.

Check the map included for location details.

When

Monday, December 5 at 10 a.m. until noon.

Map of ponds on media tour

Map of ponds on media tour

Cole Road wet pond (pond 2): Before and after repairs and upgrades

Cole Road wet pond (pond 2): Before and after repairs and upgrades

Media materials

Quick facts about stormwater
Stormwater service fee backgrounder
Questions and Answers about the stormwater service fee

Media contacts

Arun Hindupur, M.Sc., P.Eng., Infrastructure Planning Engineer
Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services
519-822-1260 extension 2282
arun.hindupur@guelph.ca

Rachel Ellerman C.E.T, Engineering Technologist II
Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services
519-837-5604 extension 2671
rachel.ellerman@guelph.ca

To register or for more information about the tour

Ivona Radon, Communications Coordinator
519-822-1260 extension 3422
ivona.radon@guelph.ca
guelph.ca/stormwater