Stormwater credit and rebate program starts January 1

Options for Guelph businesses and residents

Guelph, Ont., December 15, 2017 – Starting January 1, 2018, the City will offer Guelph businesses and residents credits and rebates for making changes to private property that help manage stormwater runoff. The new program includes rebates for residential properties and credits for businesses and multi-residential properties of six or more units.

Residential program

The residential program includes an enhanced seasonal rainwater harvesting rebate that offers a one-time rebate to residential property owners who purchase and install an approved tank to capture and manage stormwater runoff on site. Residents will be able to claim a rebate of $0.50 per litre of storage capacity for new, approved systems installed in 2018, up to a maximum of $1,000, and up to $100 towards delivery and installation costs for the system.

Residents can currently apply for a rebate of $0.10 per litre of storage capacity for a seasonal rainwater harvesting system, up to a maximum of $400, with no delivery and installation support. The enhanced rebate represents an increase of more than double the current rebate amount, making the purchase and installation of these systems more affordable for interested residents.

Business and multi-residential program

The program for industrial, commercial, institutional and multi-residential properties with six or more units is credit based and renewable. Property owners can apply for credits for implementing stormwater and/or pollution prevention best management practices and low impact development measures. Eligible properties will receive a credit against their monthly stormwater service fee charges up to a maximum of half of their fee.

Some examples of eligible measures include roof gardens or green roofs, stormwater management ponds and pollution prevention plans.

Credits would remain in place for a maximum of four years from the date of approval with opportunities to renew the credit pending the proof of continued operation and maintenance of the existing practices or measures.

“The enhanced seasonal rainwater harvesting rebate program provides Guelph residents with an integrated approach to saving water and helping manage stormwater impacts,” says Arun Hindupur, supervisor of Infrastructure Engineering at the City. “And businesses will be able to play a greater role in helping manage stormwater impacts by making changes on their property while also taking control of stormwater management costs with credits.”

Staff will monitor the stormwater credit and rebate programs throughout 2018 to gauge community interest, ensure a sustainable funding strategy for stormwater management, and determine potential additions or changes.

Funding for the stormwater credit and rebate program was approved as part of the 2018 non-tax operating budget, including $80,000 for residential rebates and $250,000 for stormwater service fee credits.

Resources

Guelph’s stormwater service fees
Stormwater service fees and rebates for homes
Stormwater service fees and credits for businesses
Information report: Stormwater Service Rebate and Credit Program (December 15, 2017)

Media Contact

Arun Hindupur, Supervisor, Infrastructure Engineering
Engineering and Transportation Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2282
arun.hindupur@guelph.ca