Speedvale Water Tower repainting and upgrades

White Speedvale Water Tower with Guelph painted in blue

Speedvale Water Tower before repainting

Guelph, Ont., February 17, 2017—The Speedvale Water Tower in Guelph’s west end is getting a new coat of paint, as well as other maintenance and upgrades this year.

Site preparation for exterior painting has begun at the tower, located near the intersection of Speedvale Avenue West and Imperial Road North.

The tower is scheduled to be out of service for about four months, beginning late March or early April. The scheduled maintenance includes draining the tank of its water, removing the existing paint, applying new paint to the tower’s interior and exterior surfaces, replacing some pipes and valves, and adding a new mixing system.

This work supports the City’s asset management program. The Speedvale tower hasn’t been painted or recoated since 1997. The coating systems applied in the 1990s normally last between 15 and 20 years. With proper maintenance, a water tower’s service life can be extended by more than 50 years.

Testing in March

The City will be taking Speedvale Water Tower out of service for about one day in March to test the water system when the tower is out of service. Based on previous testing, the City expects some minor pressure fluctuations may occur.

About Speedvale Water Tower

  • Built in 1969, last recoated in 1997
  • Tower is built entirely of steel
  • Tower is 47 metres tall (the base is 347.5 metres above sea level)
  • The steel tank is 18 metres in diameter with a storage capacity of 2,260 cubic metres, enough water to almost fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool
  • This accounts for about four per cent of Guelph’s entire water system storage.


Any updates about this project will be posted here.

For more information

Karl Cober, Project Manager
Water Services
519-822-1260 extension 2187