Wastewater Treatment and Biosolids Management Master Plan

We’re updating the Wastewater Treatment and Biosolids Management Master Plan (Master Plan) to ensure the City’s wastewater (everything flushed down your sinks, drains, and toilets) is managed in a way that is sustainable, protects our water ways and environment, and that the treatment plant has the capacity to handle the City’s growing population to ensure we’re future ready.

We want to hear from you

Your feedback is an important part of the master planning process. How we manage wastewater impacts you, the Speed River and our environment. Here’s how you can have your say:

  • Stay up to date and let us know what you think. You can read about our progress and find opportunities to have your say by bookmarking this page.
  • Join our mailing list. Send us your name and let us know how you’d like to be contacted (e.g. email or post mail) and we’ll keep you informed.
  • Follow the conversation on Twitter and Facebook using hashtag #guelphwastewater.

Background and process

The Master Plan is a long-term plan that will look at how the City is currently managing and treating wastewater at the wastewater treatment plant and guides how we will continue to meet the demands of our growing community over the next 30 years. The Master Plan will consider:

  • Advances in treatment technologies;
  • changes in infrastructure needs and legislation;
  • sustainable and cost efficient wastewater treatment concepts that mitigate climate change and contribute to reaching the City’s goal of using 100 per cent renewable energy sources by 2050;
  • Guelph’s growing population and it’s impact on the wastewater treatment process and Speed River’s capacity and;
  • how it will contribute to achieving the strategic priorities set out through the City’s Strategic Plan.

After our Master Plan is updated, reviewed by the Guelph community and approved by Council—we’ll have identified constraints and opportunities related to our existing wastewater treatment facility. We’ll also have recommendations and prioritized projects for advancing the wastewater treatment processes and an associated budget.

Our Master Plan will be carried out according to the Municipal Engineers Association Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (2015, as amended), which is an approved Class of Environmental Assessment under the Environmental Assessment Act. Results from this Master Plan will be documented in an environmental assessment that will be made available for public review. At that time, residents, businesses, Indigenous communities and other interested persons or groups will be informed of when and where the environmental assessment can be reviewed.

The City’s Wastewater Services Team


2006 Wastewater Biosolids Management Master Plan2009 Wastewater Treatment Master Plan

For more information

To provide your comments, request additional information, be added to the project mailing list, or if you require information to be provided in an alternative format as per the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005), please contact:

Mari MacNeil, Manager Technical Services
Wastewater Services, Environmental Services
519-822-1260 extension 2284
[email protected]

Mr. Mike Newbigging, Project Manager
Jacobs Engineering Group
[email protected]