Sustainable Infrastructure

In 2012, Engineering Services completed a Sustainable Infrastructure Report covering the asset groups of water, wastewater, stormwater and transportation systems. These infrastructure systems include the pipes that move water to and from city homes/businesses, and the roads and sidewalks that connect our neighbourhoods.

Overall, Guelph’s infrastructure is valued at over $2.1 billion and is made up of:

  • over 520 kilometres of roads and bridges
  • over 1500 kilometres of underground pipes – watermains, sanitary sewers, storm sewers
  • tens of thousands of related control devices – maintenance holes, catchbasins, oil grit separators, water valves, hydrants
  • over a hundred related facilities – treatment plants, pumping stations, well houses, reservoirs, drainage facilities

Infrastructure Gap

The Sustainable Infrastructure Report highlights the full lifecycle costs of sustaining the City’s infrastructure in perpetuity. An annual infrastructure spending gap of $25.4 million was determined based on calculating the difference between the equivalent annual cost to sustain the water, wastewater, stormwater and transportation system asset groups and the 2012 operating and capital budget amounts approved for these assets. Previously, infrastructure spending gaps of $15.8 million and $18.2 million were calculated for the years 2004 and 2007 respectively.

An infrastructure scorecard was also developed as part of 2012 report which indicates the relative reinvestment grade for the water, wastewater, stormwater and transportation systems and the funding trend for each asset group.

Asset Management Approach

The City’s Engineering Services Department has been implementing asset management for the municipal linear infrastructure for water, wastewater, stormwater and transportation systems from three fundamental approaches:

  1. Information – collection of data
  2. Technology – establishment of applications/tools
  3. Business – collaboration with other departments and stakeholders


Sustainable Infrastructure Report

Executive Summary – September 2012 Final Report – September 2012 Appendices – September 2012

Planning, Building, Engineering and Environment Committee Report and Presentation

Sustainable Infrastructure Report to PBEE Sustainable Infrastructure Report Presentation to PBEE Infrastructure Scorecard

For more information

519-822-1260 extension 5604