Guelph is one of Canada’s largest communities to rely on a limited groundwater supply to meet our community’s water needs. Water efficiency and conservation efforts—by residents, businesses and the City— are critical to ensuring our groundwater supply isn’t overused. Mindful efforts and actions to conserve water use protect our environment and benefit our community through cost savings that would otherwise be needed to bring on new water supplies.
The 2016 Water Efficiency Strategy update identifies improvements to current programs and suggests new ones that will help Guelph achieve greater water supply savings. The update looks at possible water savings, program implementation timelines, and the resources needed to support these programs. The Water Efficiency Strategy update is aimed at achieving the water demand reduction goals of the 2014 Water Supply Master Plan Update.
What is involved in updating the Water Efficiency Strategy?
Base tasks to be completed as part of the strategy update include the following:
- The creation and implementation of a community engagement plan
- Measurement and quantification of the current water conservation and efficiency progress and impact
- Analysis of total water demand and consumption by sector
- Identification, evaluation, and recommendation of conservation and efficiency programs
- Development of a water efficiency strategy implementation plan
Why is the Water Efficiency Strategy being updated?
In July of 2014 Guelph City Council endorsed the Water Final Draft Supply Master Plan Update. Through update, water capacity reclaimed through Water Conservation and Efficiency continued to be a top priority in achieving a sustainable and cost effective local water supply. With these new goals in mind it was necessary that Guelph Water Services to revise the 2009 Water Conservation and Efficiency Strategy to meet the identified water saving target for 2038.
What is the new water savings target?
Through the evaluation of the feasibility and value of multiple water conservation program scenarios, the final draft Water Supply Master Plan recommended the City’s water demand reduction target be revised to achieve an additional 9,147 m3 per average day of supply capacity by 2038, the planning period of the City’s Official Plan. That is equal to a water savings of just over 3 Olympic sized swimming pools each day!
Background Research Reports
A draft of the City’s final report on the Water Efficiency Strategy was available for public review and comment in May 2016. The strategy update began in May 2015 and included multiple opportunities for public input and review through focused stakeholder meetings, open houses and online participation. Feedback from these engagement opportunities was used to inform the program and service improvements recommended in the report.
Open House Documents
- 3 Open House Information Boards: June 23. 2015
- Open House Information Boards: March 1, 2016
- Open House Questions and Answers: March 1, 2016
Community Liaison Committee Meeting Documents
Terms of Reference
Meeting #1 June 2015
Meeting #2 September 2015
- Discussion Guide – Fall 2015
- Community Liaison Committee Presentation: September 29, 2015
- Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes -September 29, 2015
Meeting #3 January 2016
- Discussion Guide – Winter 2016
- Community Liaison Committee Presentation: January 26, 2016
- Community Liaison Committee Presentation: Water Rates Conservation Feasibility
Meeting #4 March 2016
Meeting #5 May 2016
Final summary report
Final Report4 MBWater Efficiency Strategy
- Appendix A – Business cases
- Appendix B – Community Engagement
- Appendix C – Market Research
- Appendix D – Water Demand Figures
- Appendix E – Water Audit Report
- Appendix F – Technical Research
- Appendix G – Municipal Facility Figures
- Appendix H – Evaluation Criteria
- Appendix I – Program Alternatives
- Appendix J – Financial Report
- Evaluation of Conservation Rate structures: May 2016
- Analysis Of Water Demand Consumption by Sector: April 2016
- Water Conservation and Efficiency Program Progress Report (2006 – 2014)
- Summary Report of Program Alternatives: March 2016
- Residential Water Softening and Salinity Water Use Reduction: September 2015
- Water Reuse and Demand Substitution Technologies
- Industrial Consumptive Cooling Process and Water Conditioning Technology Efficiencies
- Mass Fixture Retrofit Programs for Multi-Residential Settings
- Private Customer Leak Detection Notification Technologies
- On-Bill Efficiency Repayment Systems, Local Improvement Charges Financing & Other Alternate Incentive Models for Water Efficiency Programming
- New Construction Based Irrigation System Design and Construction Standards
November 15, 2016
September 27, 2016
For more information
Emily Stahl, M.Eng. (candidate), P.Geo., Supervisor Water Efficiency
Water Services, Environmental Services
519-822-1260 extension 3411