Sleeman Breweries’ Water Smart Business upgrades save over 5,000 kegs’ worth of water a day

Upgrades will help Sleeman save $266,000 a year

Guelph, Ont., June 25, 2019 —Sleeman Breweries is now saving about 298,000 litres or over 5,000 kegs’ worth of water every day thanks to the results of their Water Smart Business audit from the City of Guelph. Those daily water savings add up to about $266,000 in annual savings on Sleeman’s water bill, and enough water to fill 40 Olympic-sized swimming pools every year.

“Our community understands the importance of using water wisely,” says Steven Snopkowski, Water Smart Business program coordinator at the City. “It’s great to see local businesses, like Sleeman Breweries, playing their part in being water efficient. Sleeman has shown great leadership that’s a real win-win situation for our whole community.”

Through the Water Smart Business program, Sleeman Breweries identified key areas of their operations where they could reduce water use at their Guelph brewery, one major area being the replacement of their bottle line pasteurizer.

Pasteurization uses hot water to kill bacteria and stop the growth of yeast in beer after packaging to improve shelf life and freshness. Wear and tear of old pasteurizers can cause temperature fluctuations, meaning more water and energy used in the process.

Replacement of the pasteurizer cost Sleeman just over $2 million. In return, Sleeman received a one-time financial incentive of $89,682 from the City, based on annual water saved through the Water Smart Business program.

“As the third largest brewer in Canada, we brew about 120,000,000 litres of beer annually in Guelph and water plays a huge part in the brewing process,” says Kyle Kelly, continuous improvement manager at Sleeman Breweries. “We owe it to our community to brew responsibly, and part of that is reducing our environmental impact. Through the Water Smart Business program and guidance from the City, we were able to do exactly that while also saving our business money.”

About the Water Smart Business program

The Water Smart Business program offers financial incentives to Guelph businesses who complete a detailed water audit and capital retrofits that permanently reduce water demand. To learn more, visit

Water Smart Business is one of the City’s Water Efficiency Strategy programs. As of 2016, an investment of $10.2 million in water conservation and efficiency programs and resources has resulted in over $40 million in savings from deferred infrastructure projects and related operating costs that the City would otherwise have needed to build to supply the Guelph community with drinking water.

About Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

Sleeman Breweries Ltd. is the third largest brewing company nationwide. The company has built an impressive portfolio of beer brands in Canada that includes well-loved Canadian brands such as Sleeman, Okanagan Spring and Unibroue, along with world-class beers including Sapporo and Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Sapporo Breweries Ltd., known for its rigorous Japanese brewing standards, acquired Sleeman in 2006. The company now markets and/or distributes world-class domestic and imported products and is home to 1,000 employees nationwide.

Media Contact

Steven Snopkowski, Water Smart Business Program Coordinator
Water Services
519-822-1260 extension 2088
[email protected]