Notice of study completion: Schedule ‘B’ Class Environmental Assessment for Clythe Well Treatment Upgrades

Study objectives

The City of Guelph has completed a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for proposed treatment upgrades to bring the Clythe well back into service.  The City’s Water Supply Master Plan (2014) identifies the need for additional water sources to support future demand.  A study conducted in 2011 concluded that water from Clythe well can be successfully treated with existing technologies.

The study area includes the area surrounding the Clythe well, bound by the City’s eastern limit, York Road, the area just west of Starwood Drive and Eastview Road (as shown in the map below).  The preferred alternative is to construct a water treatment facility at 25 Watson Road, adjacent to the existing Clythe Well and Booster Station site, and associated water main upgrades to connect the treatment facility to the existing water system.

Map shows the area covered by the Cluythe well environmental assessment roughly bounded by York Road, Auden Road, Eastview Road and the city's eastern boundary

The process

Planning for this project has proceeded as a Schedule “B” undertaking in accordance with the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process (MEA, June 2000, as amended in 2007 and 2011), prepared by the Municipal Engineers Association. The Class EA is an approved process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act and includes public and review agency consultation, an evaluation of alternatives, an assessment of potential environmental effects of the proposed alternatives, and identification of reasonable measures to mitigate any adverse impacts that may result.

A public open house was held on October 19, 2017 as part of the Class EA process and is documented in the Project File Report.

Project File Report

The Class EA Project File Report has been prepared, and documents the planning and evaluation process undertaken during the study.  By this notice, the report is being placed on public record for a 30-calendar day review period starting March 29, 2018 and ending April 28, 2018 in accordance with the requirements of the Class EA.  The Project File Report is available for public review at the following locations:

ServiceGuelph, City Hall
1 Carden Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 3A1
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Guelph Public Library – East Side Branch
1 Starwood Drive
Guelph, Ontario N1E 0H5
Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Written comments may be provided to the City of Guelph within 30-calendar days of the Notice of Completion.  In the event concerns regarding this project cannot be resolved in discussion with the City, a person may request the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change make an order for the project to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act (referred to as a Part II Order), which addresses individual environmental assessments.  Requests must be received by the Minister at the address below within 30-calendar days of the Notice of Study Completion being issued.

The Honourable Chris Ballard
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
77 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2T5
Fax 416-314-8452

Copies of the Part II Order requests must also be sent to the Director of the Environmental Approvals Branch at the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) and the City of Guelph at the addresses below:

Attention: Ms. Kathleen O’Neill
Director, Environmental Approvals Branch
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
1st Floor, 135 St. Clair Avenue West
Toronto, Ontario M4V 1P5
[email protected]

Robin Puskas, P. Eng.
Project Manager
City of Guelph, Water Services
1 Carden Street
Guelph, Ontario  N1H 3A1
[email protected]

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the following:

Robin Puskas, P. Eng.
Project Manager
City of Guelph, Water Services
1 Carden Street
Guelph, Ontario  N1H 3A1
519-822-1260 extension 2195
[email protected]

Grant Parkinson, P. Eng.
Project Manager
GM BluePlan Engineering Limited
650 Woodlawn Road West, Unit C2
Guelph, Ontario N1K 1B8
[email protected]

This Notice first issued on March 29, 2018.