The City of Guelph has received special recognition from Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment for its Residential Greywater Field Test – an innovative pilot to evaluate the viability of reusing residential greywater, wastewater generated from baths and showers, to satisfy water needs to flush toilets in the home.
The City, in collaboration with the University of Guelph’s School of Engineering, Evolve Builder’s Group, Fusion Homes and Reid’s Heritage Homes, worked to implement the greywater field test, which was recognized in the Community category as part of the 2011 Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence. The awards and recognition program recognizes outstanding achievement, leadership and innovation in environmental protection. For 2011, the program provided focus to two key areas – toxics reduction and water protection and conservation.
As part of the pilot, the City and project partners educated homeowners about the importance of water conservation and provided a $1,000 rebate to those who installed a greywater reuse system. This process can save an average family 30 per cent on their water bills and conserve up to 69,000 litres of water per year.