Category Archives: Environment

Sanitary sewer cleaning

February 15, 2018

Routine maintenance keeps Guelph’s sewer pipes flowing The City completes sewer main cleaning across Guelph on about a three-year rotating basis. Cleaning is done year-round, Monday to Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., and usually takes a few hours on each street. We are currently cleaning sewer mains in areas 48, 50 and 55. What to expect Toilets, sinks and other appliances can still be used during cleaning. Air pressure in the sewer can create noise in sewer pipes, and may cause water to splash out through toilets, sinks and drains. Keeping toilet lids closed, and sink drains plugged when not in use will help avoid spills. Sewer cleaning can create short-term nuisance odors. Odors can be cleared by opening a window for a… Continue reading Sanitary sewer cleaning


City of Guelph’s Innovation District plan wins FCM sustainable community award

February 8, 2018

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has awarded the City of Guelph a Sustainable Community Award in the category of sustainable neighbourhood revitalization and design for the Guelph Innovation District secondary plan. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities praised the plan’s carbon-neutral vision and its efficient, sustainable design which reduces transportation needs. Continue reading City of Guelph’s Innovation District plan wins FCM sustainable community award


Now is the time to protect yourself from frozen pipes

February 8, 2018

February’s cold temperatures could cause plumbing problems for some Take action to protect your pipes Media release Guelph, Ont., February 8, 2018—The City is ramping up efforts to reduce the impacts from frozen water pipes this winter. Residents and businesses can visit guelph.ca/frozenpipes to get simple tips for protecting their pipes. “We’re monitoring environmental triggers, including Environment Canada weather forecasts, which indicate a cold February much like we experienced in 2015,” explains Emily Stahl, manager of Technical Services, Water Services. “We’re already working with a number of homes and businesses where frozen City pipes have caused problems in the past to make sure their water keeps flowing.” Running water As part of the City’s frozen water pipe policy, customers who had frozen water pipes in the… Continue reading Now is the time to protect yourself from frozen pipes


Protect yourself against frozen pipes this winter

January 19, 2018

Don’t be taken by surprise this winter. Take time now to prevent frozen pipes. Environment Canada is predicting a milder winter than last year, with the potential for above normal levels of snow and rain. That’s bad news for your water pipes. Mild temperatures can lead to a repeating freeze and thaw cycle, which drives frost deeper into the ground, where water pipes are found. Tips for preventing frozen pipes As a home or business owner, you can prevent frozen pipes on your property by following these simple practices: Insulate water pipes, especially where they enter your home, where they run along outside walls, and in crawl spaces and attics. Be sure to use approved materials and follow installation safety instructions. Open doors to basements,… Continue reading Protect yourself against frozen pipes this winter


Winter waste collection tips

January 17, 2018

Remember to place carts on a safe, shovelled spot, free from snow. Continue reading Winter waste collection tips


Update: Water main break on Wellington Street West, between Gordon and Edinburgh

January 13, 2018

Update: Repair is complete. Wellington is now open. Guelph, Ont., January 13, 2018—A large water main break occurred on Wellington Street West in the eastbound lane, between Gordon Street and Edinburgh Road, across from Raymond and Holliday streets earlier this afternoon. There are no health risks as a result of the break. One eastbound lane and one westbound lane on Wellington Street in the area of the break is now closed. Crews have been on site since early this afternoon and hope to complete the repair this evening. The City will provide updates at guelph.ca and on Facebook and Twitter should anything change, or once repairs are complete. Media Contact Matthew Phillips, Supervisor of Water Supply Operations, Water Services City of Guelph 519-822-1260 extension 2152… Continue reading Update: Water main break on Wellington Street West, between Gordon and Edinburgh


Yarmouth Street closed tonight for water main break repair

January 10, 2018

Update January 11, 2018 – The water main break has been repaired and the road is open. Guelph, Ont., January 10, 2018—A water main break occurred at the 2 Quebec Street apartment building around 10 a.m. today. Building residents continue to have access to running water.  There are no health or safety risks as a result of the water main break. To minimize traffic impacts and business disruptions, the water main repairs will be done overnight between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. Yarmouth Street, north of Norfolk Street, will be closed to all vehicular traffic during this time. The five-point intersection of Norfolk Street, Paisley/Quebec Street and Yarmouth Street will remain open, with no access to Yarmouth Street. Some noise and light due to construction… Continue reading Yarmouth Street closed tonight for water main break repair


Water main break repair underway on Stevenson Street North

January 8, 2018

No northbound traffic between Emma and Speedvale Update,  January 8, 2018, 3:20 p.m.—The water main break has now been repaired. Crews are working to repair the road. Stevenson Street North will reopen to northbound traffic after 6 p.m. Guelph, Ont., January 8, 2018—A water main break occurred on Stevenson Street North just north of Emma Street early this morning. There are no health risks as a result of the break. Traffic and transit impacts The northbound lane of Stevenson Street North is closed between Emma Street and Speedvale Avenue. Drivers are asked to detour around the area via Eramosa Road, Victoria Road and Speedvale Avenue. Transit route 12 General Hospital is being detoured. Buses will continue on Delhi Street past Emma Street and turn east… Continue reading Water main break repair underway on Stevenson Street North


Water main break on Westwood being repaired today

January 7, 2018

Two-way traffic maintained with yield to oncoming Update, January 7, 2018, 6:10 p.m.—The water main break has been repaired. Road repairs are underway and Westwood will be fully reopen after 6:30 p.m. Guelph, Ont., January 7, 2018—A water main break occurred on Westwood Road early this morning. There are no health risks as a result of the break. The eastbound lane of Westwood Road will be closed around Margaret Greene Park. Two-way traffic will be maintained with drivers asked to yield to oncoming traffic. Delays should be expected, including on Transit route 10 Imperial. Visit guelph.ca/transit for any changes or updates to this route during the water main break repair. Repairs are expected to be completed today. Minor changes in water pressure may be experienced by residents… Continue reading Water main break on Westwood being repaired today


City identifying, marking hazardous trees for removal

December 20, 2017

December 20, 2017 Over the next three weeks, the City will be identifying and marking public trees in ash dominated wooded areas that are dead or have the likely potential to become a hazard. Only trees that could fall on trails, private property, sidewalks, or roads are affected. The identification and marking of hazardous public trees is part of the City’s regular, ongoing tree maintenance, and aligns with the Emerald Ash Borer plan. Hazardous trees located in wooded areas within local parks and woodlots across Guelph will either be marked with an orange ‘X’ for removal, an orange dot for pruning, and blue paint to identify a potential wildlife tree. Removals are scheduled to begin in 2018. Natural areas include: Ellis Creek Hadati Creek Margaret… Continue reading City identifying, marking hazardous trees for removal


City’s 2018 rates and fees released

December 19, 2017

As part of the 2018 budget, City Council approved a series of rate and fee increases to ensure that the City is able to continue delivering programs and services that meet the community’s expectations. Continue reading City’s 2018 rates and fees released


Stormwater credit and rebate program starts January 1

December 15, 2017

Options for Guelph businesses and residents Guelph, Ont., December 15, 2017 – Starting January 1, 2018, the City will offer Guelph businesses and residents credits and rebates for making changes to private property that help manage stormwater runoff. The new program includes rebates for residential properties and credits for businesses and multi-residential properties of six or more units. Residential program The residential program includes an enhanced seasonal rainwater harvesting rebate that offers a one-time rebate to residential property owners who purchase and install an approved tank to capture and manage stormwater runoff on site. Residents will be able to claim a rebate of $0.50 per litre of storage capacity for new, approved systems installed in 2018, up to a maximum of $1,000, and up to… Continue reading Stormwater credit and rebate program starts January 1


Guelph City Council Approves Guelph Hydro Merger with Alectra

December 14, 2017

After more than a year of industry research, financial analysis, and community engagement, Guelph City Council voted in favour of a merger between Guelph Hydro Electric Systems and Alectra Inc. Continue reading Guelph City Council Approves Guelph Hydro Merger with Alectra


Operations back to normal at City’s organics facility

December 11, 2017

Guelph, Ont., December 11, 2017—On Thursday, December 7, a fire broke out at the City’s Organic Waste Processing Facility. The Guelph Fire Department attended the scene and extinguished the fire. Staff was safely evacuated and no injuries were reported. Final clean up from the fire was completed on December 7, and an engineering inspection confirmed that there was no structural damage. Minor repairs were made to a damaged tunnel door, and the City began processing organic waste again on Friday. Media contact Peter Busatto, General Manager Environmental Services 519-822-1260 extension 3430 peter.busatto@guelph.ca


Fire at City’s organics facility extinguished by fire department

December 7, 2017

Guelph, Ont., December 7, 2017—Around noon today a fire broke out at the City’s Organic Waste Processing Facility, located at 110 Dunlop Drive. The Guelph Fire Department attended the scene and extinguished the fire. Staff was safely evacuated and no injuries are reported. Although only one of the facility’s four processing lines was affected by the fire, the City has shut down the whole facility until the affected area can be cleared out and damages assessed. Scheduled organics collection for Guelph residents will not be affected and public access to the Waste Resource Innovation Centre remains open. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire and to assess damages before the facility is brought back into operation. An update will be provided… Continue reading Fire at City’s organics facility extinguished by fire department


Eastview Road features multi-use path and wildlife crossings

December 4, 2017

Eastview Road has reopened to through traffic after four months of construction. The completed construction between Starwood Road and Watson Parkway North offers a number of new amenities for pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and even wildlife, including some changes which cannot be seen. Continue reading Eastview Road features multi-use path and wildlife crossings


Don’t miss your waste collection day in 2018

December 4, 2017

Sign up for reminders and never miss your waste collection day again! Register online to receive weekly reminders by text, email or phone. You’ll get a reminder the night before your collection day that tells you what carts will be collected. Remember to have your carts at the curb by 6:30 a.m. on your collection day! 2018 Curbside Waste Collection Guide The City’s 2018 Curbside Waste Collection Guide is also available online at guelph.ca/waste and at City facilities. The Guide includes the annual waste collection calendar, sorting lists and more. Copies are available at: City Hall, 1 Carden Street Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, 683 Woolwich Street Guelph Public Library, visit guelphpl.ca for branch information Victoria Road Recreation Centre, 151 Victoria Road North Waste Resource Innovation… Continue reading Don’t miss your waste collection day in 2018


City completes negotiations, shares details about Guelph Hydro-Alectra merger

December 1, 2017

A report that shares the details about the proposed merger between Guelph Hydro and Alectra is now available on the City’s website and energizingtomorrow.ca. Continue reading City completes negotiations, shares details about Guelph Hydro-Alectra merger


Improved energy commitments for Guelph residents

November 17, 2017

  News release from Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph Guelph, Ontario, November 17, 2017—Investing in local infrastructure helps create good middle class jobs, tackle climate change and improve Canadians’ quality of life. That’s why the Government of Canada is partnering with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities—and municipalities such as Guelph—to help achieve these national objectives. Today, Member of Parliament Lloyd Longfield, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities,  Mayor Cam Guthrie and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Scott Stewart highlighted $175,000 in federal funding for an update to Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative (CEI). This project is funded through a new funding program delivered through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities: the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP). The project is… Continue reading Improved energy commitments for Guelph residents


Notice of tree removals: 120 Huron Street

November 10, 2017

The City of Guelph has recently received a request for the removal of 700 trees on private property located at 120 Huron Street. The removals have been requested to allow for the cleanup of contaminated soil. The site currently includes a wooded area dominated by Balsam Poplar, White Ash, Manitoba Maple and Eastern White Cedar. This wooded area has been studied and while it provides canopy cover, it is not a protected natural heritage feature. Furthermore, the soils underneath this wooded area are contaminated and the trees need to be removed for it to be cleaned up. There is no redevelopment application at this time. Future development proposals will include opportunity for public input. The requested tree removals have been approved by the City and… Continue reading Notice of tree removals: 120 Huron Street


Verney water tower undergoing maintenance this month

November 9, 2017

Residents and businesses may experience fluctuations in water pressure Guelph, Ont., November 9, 2017– The Verney water tower will be out of service for about three weeks beginning November 14 while City staff conduct planned maintenance of the tower. Maintenance work includes draining the tower and inspecting the inside and outside in preparation for full maintenance and upgrades planned for 2018. During the work, residents and businesses in the area may experience temporary water pressure fluctuations. Water service interruptions are not expected. Properties with built-in fire protection systems connected to the water supply are encouraged to notify their alarm company as pressure fluctuations may trigger the system’s alarm. For more information about the water system maintenance activities, please contact Water Services at 519-837-5627 or waterworks@guelph.ca… Continue reading Verney water tower undergoing maintenance this month


Fall yard waste collection

November 8, 2017

Yard waste collection takes place twice yearly – once in the spring and once in the fall. Continue reading Fall yard waste collection


Vote now for the new Verney water tower design

November 6, 2017

Community invited to vote on final two designs by local artists Guelph, Ont., November 6, 2017—Starting today, Guelph residents can vote for one of two designs for the Verney water tower. Earlier this fall, the City of Guelph held a public competition for original artwork to be incorporated into the repainting of the water tower, near Exhibition Park, in spring 2018. The City’s Public Art Advisory Committee reviewed all submissions for the competition and narrowed the selection down to three finalists who were invited to develop and refine their original concepts for the final vote. Late in this design refinement stage the City discovered that one of the finalists was ineligible, and their submission was pulled. The two finalists in the running for the grand… Continue reading Vote now for the new Verney water tower design


Tree planting and restoration work at 35-40 Silvercreek Parkways South starts this week

October 23, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 23, 2017 – Starting this week, the property owner of the former LaFarge lands, located at 35-40 Silvercreek Parkway South, will begin the first phase of compensation plantings and restoration work in areas adjacent to Howitt Creek. The work will include: removing invasive buckthorn shrubs, including the roots; improving the existing soils to help new plants establish and grow; and planting new native shrubs and trees. It is expected the work will take about three weeks to complete, weather permitting. “We’re working with the property owner to make sure the new shrubs and trees survive on the site,” explains April Nix, environmental planner with the City of Guelph. “We’ll be working with the property owner to monitor the plantings over the next… Continue reading Tree planting and restoration work at 35-40 Silvercreek Parkways South starts this week


Guelph Hydro begins merger talks with Alectra Inc.

October 18, 2017

The City of Guelph has announced it will begin merger negotiations between Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. and Alectra Inc. Continue reading Guelph Hydro begins merger talks with Alectra Inc.


Update: water main break at Gordon and Water Street repaired, road reopened

October 10, 2017

Update, October 10, 2017—The water main break has been repaired and the road has reopened to traffic. A temporary patch has been done on the road to restore two-way traffic to this busy route. Final asphalt repairs will be completed as soon as possible.  Guelph, Ont., October 10, 2017—A water leak has occurred in the area of Gordon and Water Streets around 8 a.m. today. There are no health risks as a result of the break. The intersection of Gordon and Water Street is closed to all vehicular traffic until further notice. The detour route is College Avenue, Edinburgh Road and Wellington Street. Residential roads are for local access only, and drivers are reminded to follow the official detour route. The sidewalk and bike lane… Continue reading Update: water main break at Gordon and Water Street repaired, road reopened


Open house: Schedule ‘B’ Class Environmental Assessment for Clythe Well treatment upgrades

October 5, 2017

Study objectives The City of Guelph is initiating a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for proposed treatment upgrades to bring the Clythe well back into service.  The City’s Water Supply Master Plan (2014) identifies the need for additional water sources to support future demand.  A study conducted in 2011 concluded that water from the Clythe well can be successfully treated with existing technologies. The process Planning for this project is proceeding as a Schedule “B” undertaking in accordance with the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process (MEA, June 2000, as amended in 2007 and 2011), prepared by the Municipal Engineers Association. The Class EA is an approved process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act and includes public and review agency consultation, an evaluation of alternatives, an… Continue reading Open house: Schedule ‘B’ Class Environmental Assessment for Clythe Well treatment upgrades


Revised timeline for Solid Waste Resource business service review

September 28, 2017

Final recommendations coming March 2018 City Council approved a revised timeline for the Solid Waste Resource Business Service Review final recommendations report. The November 20, 2017 Council meeting and report are rescheduled to March 2018. The new timeline will: allow the project team to account for coming changes to the Waste Free Ontario legislation in the final recommendations; and give the project team time to do the additional research and analysis requested by Council at the September 18 meeting. This includes research on: Social and environmental factors impacting Guelph’s waste services Detailed Material Recovery Facility (MRF) review, including Simcoe and Guelph materials and capture rates Related contract reviews Commodity streams and market trends Additional financial analysis In the meantime, the City will work to address… Continue reading Revised timeline for Solid Waste Resource business service review


Norwich Street pedestrian bridge improvements ready for public review

September 21, 2017

Guelph, Ont., September 21, 2017—The City of Guelph has issued the Notice of Completion for the Norwich Street pedestrian bridge Schedule ‘B’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) today, and released the study documents for public review. The EA recommendations for the Norwich Street pedestrian bridge are to install a new crossing over the Speed River within the existing trusses. This alternative gives the City the greatest opportunity to improve safety for pedestrians, while also maintaining some of the key architectural features of the 134-year-old bridge. The estimated cost to upgrade the pedestrian bridge is approximately $900,000. Funding for both the design and construction of the project has already been identified in the City’s capital budget forecast. Final 2018 budget approvals will made by Council during… Continue reading Norwich Street pedestrian bridge improvements ready for public review


Norwich Street Pedestrian Bridge: Notice of study completion

September 21, 2017

Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, Schedule B Environmental Study The Study The City of Guelph has completed a Class Environmental Assessment study (EA) for evaluating alternatives to address the deteriorating condition of the Norwich Street pedestrian bridge. The bridge sits over the Speed River on the former Norwich Street between Cardigan Street and Arthur Street North. The approximate extent of the study area is shown on the map. The Process The EA was conducted as a Schedule B Project in accordance with the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, an approved process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. As part of the study, public information centres—or open houses—were held in September 2016 and May 2017. These public sessions presented background information on the study to the community, and… Continue reading Norwich Street Pedestrian Bridge: Notice of study completion


City launches design competition for Verney water tower repainting

September 12, 2017

Community will vote on design to beautify Guelph landmark Guelph, Ont., September 12, 2017—The City of Guelph is holding a design competition for the repainting of the Verney water tower, scheduled for 2018. The City is inviting Guelph-based artists and designers aged 18 and over to submit preliminary designs to be included in the repainting of the water tower near Exhibition Park. “The Verney water tower is a highly visible Guelph landmark,” remarked Stacey Dunnigan, manager of Culture and Tourism. “People can see this tower from Exhibition Park which hosts many events and is a very popular park, so it will be great to have beautiful artwork that reflects our community on the tower.” The design competition will follow a two-stage process based on the… Continue reading City launches design competition for Verney water tower repainting


Energizing Tomorrow communications and engagement update

September 8, 2017

Guelph is using pop-up information tables, advertising, social media, bill inserts and a video to increase community awareness about possible Guelph Hydro mergers. Continue reading Energizing Tomorrow communications and engagement update


City shares early findings from Solid Waste Resources business service review

September 7, 2017

Five of six Guelph waste services meet or exceed financial benchmarks Guelph, Ont., September 7, 2017– A special Council meeting will be held on Monday, September 18 at 7 p.m. at which staff will present initial findings of the Solid Waste Resources (SWR) business service review in an interim report. Council won’t be asked to make any decisions at the meeting; there are no staff recommendations in the report, merely an overview of findings to date. The report details that, while service review work is ongoing, initial findings show that five of six City of Guelph waste services are in line and cost competitive with comparator municipalities. The SWR business service review examines waste services in six service groups: Curbside waste collection including leaf and… Continue reading City shares early findings from Solid Waste Resources business service review


Environmental investigation work underway on former IMICo brownfield site Sampling starting at existing monitoring wells

August 30, 2017

Sampling starting at existing monitoring wells Guelph, Ont., August 28, 2017—CH2M, a consultant working for the City of Guelph, has started to collect samples at 200 Beverley Street this week, the former site of the International Malleable Iron Company (IMICo). This work supports plans for future development of the brownfield site. What’s next The City will conduct a full environmental risk assessment on the site, complete any short-term remediation needed, and file a record of the site conditions for potential development. The environmental investigation is expected to be complete by the end of 2018. Once complete, the City will share final reports with the community, as well as plans for any remediation and/or management needed to support development of the site. Background The 13-acre (5.2-hectare)… Continue reading Environmental investigation work underway on former IMICo brownfield site Sampling starting at existing monitoring wells


Notice of study commencement: Clythe well treatment upgrades environmental assessment

August 24, 2017

City of Guelph Schedule ‘B’ Class Environmental Assessment for Clythe well treatment upgrades Study objectives The City of Guelph is initiating a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for proposed treatment upgrades to bring the Clythe well back into service. The City’s Water Supply Master Plan (2014) identifies the need for additional water sources to support future demand.  A study conducted in 2011 concluded that water from the Clythe well can be successfully treated with existing technology. The process Planning for this project is proceeding as a Schedule “B” undertaking in accordance with the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process (MEA, June 2000, as amended in 2007 and 2011), prepared by the Municipal Engineers Association. The Class EA is an approved process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment… Continue reading Notice of study commencement: Clythe well treatment upgrades environmental assessment


Billing exemptions study: final consultation reports

August 15, 2017

The City has completed the consultation portion of the billing exemption study. This study is part of the City’s ongoing water and wastewater rate review. Some exemptions being explored include: high water bill forgiveness, cost relief for water volumes consumed/evaporated by customer end uses, and terms for approval and/or billing of water-only or wastewater-only customer accounts. The City completed both residential and business (Industrial, Commercial and Institutional, or ICI) consultation. Consultation included telephone surveys, focus groups and one-on-one interviews. The final reports for the consultation work are now available. Residential consultation report (conducted by Metroline) [PDF 2MB] ICI consultation report (conducted by DFA Infrastructure Internation Inc.) [PDF 2MB] Peer municipal comparators report (completed by BMA Management Consulting Inc.) [PDF 1MB]


City to play greater role in protecting Guelph’s source water

August 1, 2017

Guelph among select municipalities to oversee and apply greater rigour to development in vulnerable source water areas Guelph, Ont., August 1, 2017 –The City of Guelph has improved its review process for sanitary sewer infrastructure projects to better protect our community’s vulnerable source water. The revised process allows the City of Guelph to complete the review process for the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change’s (MOECC) environmental compliance approval (ECA) applications internally. The MOECC makes the decision to grant the ECAs based on the City’s review. “We’re pleased to take this work on at the local level to provide faster service to our development community,” said Peter Rider, the City’s Risk Management Official. “This also allows us to participate more directly in the oversight… Continue reading City to play greater role in protecting Guelph’s source water


Construction underway at Burke well

July 31, 2017

Project update: July 3,1 2017 Construction is now underway for treatment upgrades happening at Burke well. Work will continue until fall 2018. About the project Burke well is undergoing upgrades to provide treatment that will improve overall water quality and service delivery. Upgrades will also improve the reliability of the Burke well which was built in 1975. For more information Karl Cober M.A.Sc., P.Eng., Project Manager, Water Services 519-822-1260 extension 2187 Karl.Cober@guelph.ca Kelly Frensch M.Eng, P.Eng.,  Project Manager, Stantec 519-585-7341  Kelly.Frensch@stantec.com


Stormwater service fee credit program study: July 2017 update

July 31, 2017

On July 24, Guelph City Council approved staff’s recommendation of pursuing a hybrid credit program that provides options for both businesses and homeowners. Residential program Staff proposed that residential stormwater credits be aligned with existing water efficiency rebate and incentive programs. This collaborative approach will help keep program development and administration costs low. Residential credits will be one-time rebates rather than monthly credits on the stormwater service fee. Business program For businesses and large property owners (e.g. plazas or malls), the City proposed to develop a credit program that would apply monthly credits toward stormwater service fees. Credits will continue as long as owners demonstrate that stormwater mitigation on the property continues to be effective. Multi-residential housing may fall under the business credit program since… Continue reading Stormwater service fee credit program study: July 2017 update


City installing energy efficient LED street lights

July 25, 2017

Guelph, Ont., July 25, 2017– City Council approved switching Guelph’s 13,119 street lights to Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs and upgrading to adaptive controls to use less electricity, save money, reduce maintenance, and provide better lighting. “The City will save an estimated $14.2 million over a 15-year period and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 464 tonnes per year—equivalent to taking 98 cars off the road—by switching out Guelph’s high pressure sodium street lights with LEDs,” says Alex Chapman, manager of the Climate Change Office. The $8 million city-wide transition to LED street lights could start as early as this fall/winter, and will take approximately 7–12 months to complete. “Street lighting costs are significant and rising. By switching to LED lights, Guelph will see major savings,… Continue reading City installing energy efficient LED street lights


Tree removal at 35-40 Silvercreek Parkway South starts late July

July 14, 2017

Guelph, Ont., July 14, 2017 – The City will issue a tree permit allowing the property owner of 35-40 Silvercreek Parkway South, also known as the LaFarge lands, to begin tree removal in July. The tree permit, to be issued in accordance with Guelph’s Tree Bylaw, allows for the removal of 1,950 trees. Those trees along the Howitt Creek stream corridor and the railway lines will remain untouched and the large bur oak on the site will be protected. “We are working with the property owner to ensure compensation is provided for the removed trees,” explains April Nix, environmental planner with the City of Guelph. “Throughout the process, we will continue to ensure the property owner complies with Guelph’s tree bylaw, while providing protection of… Continue reading Tree removal at 35-40 Silvercreek Parkway South starts late July


Construction notice: Summerfield Drive water equipment installation

June 30, 2017

West of Victoria Road South The City is installing underground water testing equipment to help find water leaks in City pipes so that repairs can be completed. This work will reduce water lost during delivery to customers. Construction starts early July Construction will start on or about July 10 and take about one week to complete, weather permitting. Eastbound lane closure on Summerfield Drive at Victoria Road South There will be an eastbound lane closure on Summerfield Drive west of Victoria Road south. All local businesses remain open and accessible. No Guelph Transit bus routes are affected by the work. Guelph Transit Guelph Transit route 5 will be temporarily detoured during construction. Visit guelphtransit.ca for information about stop changes and route detours. Property access and… Continue reading Construction notice: Summerfield Drive water equipment installation


Construction notice: Rickson Avenue water equipment installation

June 30, 2017

South of Kortright Road West The City is installing underground water testing equipment to help find water leaks in City pipes so that repairs can be completed. This work will reduce water lost during delivery to customers. Construction starts early July Construction will start on or about July 6 and take about one week to complete, weather permitting. Northbound lane reduction on Rickson Avenue at Kortright Road There will be a northbound lane reduction on Rickson Avenue south of Kortright Road. Traffic is requested to yield to on coming traffic. All local businesses remain open and accessible. No Guelph Transit bus routes are affected by the work. Property access and parking Every effort will be made to maintain access to driveways in the construction area… Continue reading Construction notice: Rickson Avenue water equipment installation


City Council approves redistribution of Envida’s energy assets

June 28, 2017

Guelph, Ont., June 28, 2017 – Guelph City Council has approved a series of recommendations brought forward through the Envida Asset Review. The review is in response to Council direction received on October 24, 2016 to transfer oversight and management of Envida to the City, with support from Guelph Hydro, who will report to Council. “City staff, with support from Guelph Hydro, have spent the last nine months reviewing Envida’s assets to maximize shareholder value and create more direct oversight by the shareholder, City Council,” said the City’s chief administrative officer, Derrick Thomson. “We’ve had success with some revenue generating assets, and collectively we have to work through several issues with respect to Guelph’s district energy nodes.” As a result of Council’s decision, the Eastview… Continue reading City Council approves redistribution of Envida’s energy assets


Sorting it right in Guelph’s parks this summer

June 28, 2017

Pilot program aims to reduce recyclables going to landfill Guelph, Ont., Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – Wait! Don’t toss that empty plastic sports drink or water bottle into the garbage; use the blue recycling cart that’s provided. That’s the message from City staff to park users visiting one of Guelph’s 30 community and neighbourhood parks that are part of a two-stream (garbage and recycling) collection pilot program. “Guelph’s residents are already recycling at home and we want to encourage that same behaviour in our parks,” says Dave Beaton, supervisor of Trails and Natural Areas Stewardship. In May, the City installed 150 recycling blue carts and 50 waste grey carts in parks that have sports fields. To assist park users with what goes where, signs are… Continue reading Sorting it right in Guelph’s parks this summer


City’s rainwater harvesting bus wash wins national award

June 23, 2017

Provincially funded project helps City save thousands of litres of water each year Guelph, Ont., June 23, 2017—The City has won a Water’s Next award for its innovative rainwater harvesting bus wash system. The award, won in the category of Projects and Technology—Stormwater, was presented last night at a gala in Toronto. The rainwater harvesting bus wash project was initiated in 2012 by the City’s Water Services and Guelph Transit departments, in partnership with Enviro-Stewards Inc., following an award of funding from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change’s Showcasing Water Innovation program. Since 2014, the City has saved more than 1 million litres of drinking water in the process of washing it’s buses—enough to fill four Olympic-sized swimming pools. “We rely on a groundwater… Continue reading City’s rainwater harvesting bus wash wins national award


Stormwater service fee credit program to be considered by Council July 4

June 22, 2017

Recommendation includes options for homes and businesses, industry Guelph, Ont., June 22, 2017—City staff have finished a study looking into the possibility of a stormwater service fee credit program for property owners that make changes to their properties to reduce stormwater runoff. The recommended program was reviewed to ensure it would not affect the City’s sustainable stormwater funding strategy. Staff are proposing that residential stormwater credits be aligned with existing water efficiency rebate and incentive programs. This collaborative approach would help keep program development and administration costs low. Residential credits would be a one-time rebate rather than monthly credits on the stormwater service fee. “By piggy backing on our successful water efficiency programs, such as the rainwater harvesting rebate program, we can offer our residents… Continue reading Stormwater service fee credit program to be considered by Council July 4


Guelph continues exploring possible hydro mergers

June 13, 2017

Guelph City Council voted to continue researching possible mergers between Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. and other publicly-owned electricity utility companies. Continue reading Guelph continues exploring possible hydro mergers


City extending fenced off area at Goldie Mill Park

June 13, 2017

Guelph, Ont., June 13, 2017 — The City of Guelph, with support from the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA), is closing an additional section of GRCA-owned land in Goldie Mill Park near the historic ruins. The closure comes as part of ongoing work to address sinkholes on the site, and after environmental testing commissioned by the GRCA revealed chemicals in the soil may pose health risks. The City will conduct environmental tests on its land adjacent to the park in the coming weeks when the GRCA undertakes additional tests, in order for both organizations to better understand potential risks and if actions are needed to address them. In the meantime, the City is closing the site to ensure the health and safety of members of… Continue reading City extending fenced off area at Goldie Mill Park


Council Chambers get energy-efficient lighting retrofit

June 6, 2017

Guelph Council Chambers was retrofitted with new light emitting diode (LED) lighting to replace burned out and faded light bulbs. The new LED lighting will save about 8,500 kilowatt hours (kWh) annually — roughly the amount of energy used by one household over three months, which reduces our energy costs by about $1,250 per year. An additional $5,000 will also be saved annually in maintenance costs, based on 2,000 hours of operation. The retrofit replaced 91 incandescent bulbs and 136 fluorescent lamps over three days and cost $19,870. Facts about LEDs use 46 per cent less electricity, last longer and need less maintenance produce less waste heat and that means less energy is needed to cool Council Chambers improve light quality: they’re brighter and don’t… Continue reading Council Chambers get energy-efficient lighting retrofit