City wins two Ontario Water Works Association awards

Guelph’s water efficiency strategy and youth programming recognized

City staff pose with their awards

City of Guelph staff accept their OWWA awards

Guelph, Ont., May 10, 2017—The Ontario Water Works Association (OWWA) has recognized Guelph’s leadership in water conservation with a 2017 Award of Excellence in Water Efficiency for its updated water efficiency strategy in the Public Sector & Utilities Award category. The City was also recognized for its water-based youth education programming with the H2Awesome event that won in the category of Public Education & Awareness. Both awards were presented earlier today at the OWWA Awards Luncheon.

“The City of Guelph is honoured to receive these awards from the Ontario Water Works Association’s Water Efficiency Committee,” said Heather Yates, Supervisor of Water Efficiency at the City. “This recognition means a great deal to us—it honours the hard work that all Water Services staff do every day and the commitment our community shows to using water wisely.”

Water efficiency strategy

The updated Water Efficiency Strategy was unanimously approved by Council in September 2016. The additions and improvements in the 2016 Water Efficiency Strategy offer fresh opportunities to take business and at-home water conservation efforts to the next level, and allow more community participation in everyday water conservation efforts.

Since 2006, an investment of $10.2 million in water conservation and efficiency programs and resources has resulted in over $40 million in savings from deferred infrastructure projects and related operating costs that the City would otherwise have needed to build to supply the Guelph community with drinking water.

The City has budgeted $13 million for water conservation and efficiency programs over the next 10 years for an expected future costs savings of $29 million.


Over 1,000 students from local elementary schools participated H2Awesome. The day–long event delivered grade 8 science curriculum through hands-on workshops that approached learning through a variety of subjects including science, geography, dance, art and music.

“H2Awesome was a collaboration between the City and some great local partners including various community workshop leaders, Wellington Water Watchers, the Upper Grand District School Board, and the Wellington County Catholic School Board,” noted Yates. “We’re grateful for their contributions to this amazing event, and we share this award with them with thanks.”

About the OWWA and the Water Efficiency Awards

The Ontario Water Works Association (OWWA), a section of the American Water Works Association, is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization of water professionals, dedicated to protecting public health through the delivery of safe, sufficient, and sustainable drinking water in Ontario. Each year the OWWA Water Efficiency Committee recognizes outstanding initiatives in water efficiency in both the public and private sector through its Water Efficiency Awards.

For more information

Heather Yates, Supervisor, Water Efficiency
Water Services
519-822-1260 extension 2831
[email protected]