City launches private water well and septic decommissioning rebate program

Guelph, Ont., August 2, 2019 – The City of Guelph is offering rebates to help property owners decommission (permanently remove and seal) unused, private water wells and septic systems on residential and agricultural lands in Guelph.

Property owners can apply for rebates that would include $1,500 per private well (to a maximum of two per property) and $15,000 per septic system decommissioned.

“Bacteria, pesticides and fertilizers can get into our groundwater through unused and unmaintained water wells and septic systems,” explains Kristin Pressey, Source Water Protection Program Coordinator. “Decommissioning these wells and septic systems will help further protect Guelph’s drinking water sources.”

Decommissioning wells and septic systems also help reduce landowner liability by removing the risk of groundwater contamination and the possibility that people or animals could fall into unmaintained structures on their property.

Landowners need to apply for a rebate in advance and must wait for approval before completing the work. All steps involved in applying for the rebate are outlined on the City’s website. The whole process, including on-site decommissioning work, should take about two to four weeks to complete.

Requests for well and septic decommissioning rebates are accepted year-round and approved on a first-come, first-served basis.

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About the private water well and septic decommissioning rebate program

Media contact

Kristin Pressey, Source Water Protection Program Coordinator
Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2543
kristin.pressey@guelph.ca