Guelph wins award for protecting local drinking water sources

City awarded Exemplary Source Water Protection Award from the American Water Works Association

Guelph, Ont., April 2, 2019—The City of Guelph has won an Exemplary Source Water Protection Award from the American Water Works Association (AWWA). The City received this award for its excellent work to protect local water sources. The AWWA will present the award to the City at this year’s AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition in Denver, Colorado in June.

“Our entire team is honoured to receive this award for protecting our drinking water sources,” says Peter Rider, the City’s source water protection program manager. “Water is critical in all aspects of our lives, and we’re thankful for our staff and community who help us protect this precious resource so that we can continue to have safe drinking water supplies now and into the future.”

This award is open to communities across North America and recognizes the City for developing and implementing an exceptional source water protection program. The City earned this award based on a points system that evaluates:

  • the vision and goals for source water protection
  • the development and implementation of a source water protection action plan
  • the ongoing revision and evaluation of the program, and
  • the overall effectiveness of the program

The Ontario Clean Water Act requires that municipalities develop and implement source water protection plans to protect existing and future drinking water supplies from overuse and contamination. The City’s source water protection policies and programs were developed as part of the Grand River Source Protection Plan; they were developed to ensure that all drinking water threats, current and future, are properly managed.

Since implementing its source water protection program in 2016, the City has gained ongoing support to protect local drinking water sources from City Council, the community and local businesses. The City’s source water protection program includes:

  • identifying and responding to potential threats to local drinking water sources,
  • working with businesses and industry to develop risk management plans to protect Guelph’s drinking water, and
  • getting the community involved in protecting local water sources through a variety of education and outreach programs.

To learn more about how the City protects local drinking water sources and what you can do to help, visit

About the American Water Works Association

The American Water Works Association is an international, non-profit, scientific and educational society dedicated to providing total water solutions assuring the effective management of water. Founded in 1881, the Association is the largest organization of water supply professionals in the world.

Media contact

Peter G. Rider, P.Geo.
Program Manager, Source Water Protection
Water Services
519-822-1260 extension 2368
[email protected]