Construction notice: Work on Saturdays as part of Verney water tower project

Notice date: June 5, 2018

The City is continuing with the planned maintenance at the Verney water tower consisting of removing the existing coating of paint and repainting the interior and exterior of the tank, upgrading the tower safety systems and installing new pipes and valves.

As part of next steps in the project schedule, sandblasting will take place sporadically as the work progresses from now through to the end of September.  Sandblasting and painting of the tower must be done while temperatures remain above freezing. This includes the need to control humidity on a continuous basis which requires operation of generators at the base of the tower. In order to ensure timely completion of this project, the contractor will need to work some Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., consistent with terms of the City’s noise bylaw.

The City has measures is place to plan and stage current work on the Verney water tower to mitigate impacts on neighbouring properties as much as possible.  Before the start of painting, the tower will be completely enclosed with scaffolding and tarps that provide 100 per cent containment. This, along with negative ventilation maintained inside the enclosure, will ensure that there is very little risk of any emissions.

The City’s water towers are a critical part of our water distribution system, and must be repainted every 25 years to ensure that they are safe and reliable.

The overall construction timeline for the project will extend until early October 2018. The work is being completed by BGL Contractors Corp.

The City appreciates your patience, understanding and co-operation during this important construction project. Any updates will be posted on

For more information

Patricia Quackenbush, Project Manager
Water Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2110