City receives award for stormwater management innovation

Guelph, Ont., June 12, 2018–The City of Guelph and Jacobs have been recognized with a Platinum Innovation Award of Merit from the Grand River chapter of the Consulting Engineers of Ontario. The award recognizes the team’s work to reuse sediment that was removed from a stormwater management pond during cleaning last year.

The award was presented on Wednesday, May 30 at the chapter’s Annual General Meeting.

“The City is honoured to receive this award from the Consulting Engineers of Ontario,” said Arun Hindupur, supervisor of infrastructure engineering. “Our team works hard to minimize the impact stormwater has on our community by regular cleaning of neighbourhood ponds. This award recognizes our efforts to take this work one step further—reusing material that would otherwise be sent to a landfill.”

Sediment removed from stormwater management ponds is typically disposed of as waste. Last year the City took the sediment that was removed during pond cleanup, mixed it with compost and gave it to the Grand River Conservation Authority to use at their Burford Tree Farm.

More research is now being done to determine if the sediment–compost mix can sustain plant/tree growth. Once this study is done, the City expects to be able to apply similar sediment–compost mixes for other beneficial uses throughout Guelph. This innovative solution would deliver substantial financial savings from waste removal and tipping fees, and reduce waste going to landfill.

The City got a research permit from the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency to carry out this project which was financially supported by the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.

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