Security upgrades at Arkell Spring grounds begin May 20

City replacing fencing and signs to protect drinking water and improve public safety

The City is making security upgrades at the Arkell Spring grounds to enhance the protection of Guelph’s drinking water source and to improve public safety. Upgrades include new fencing, barriers and access gates, and updated signs.

Work begins on May 20 and is expected to be done by the end of June 2019.

Trails at Arkell Springs

Some areas of Arkell Springs will be closed to the public during construction for safety purposes. All efforts will be made to keep noise and other disruptions to a minimum.

During this time the Radial Line and Arkell Springs Loop hiking trails will still be accessible. The City has worked closely with the Guelph Hiking Trail Club to develop trail use agreements that outline safe use of these trails which will be clearly shown on the updated site signage being developed.

Trail users are asked to follow posted signs and stay off restricted areas.

About Arkell Springs

Arkell Springs is home to six water supply wells, a shallow groundwater collector system with recharge pond and the Arkell aqueduct which provides up to 60 per cent of Guelph’s drinking water. Protection of this area is vital to ensuring the safety of both the public and Guelph’s drinking water source. For information and updates on this project please visit

For more information

Wayne Galliher, Division Manager
Water Services
519-822-1260 extension 2106