Category Archives: Environment

Environmental testing on Menzie, Audrey, Lawrence and laneway starts in October

October 15, 2019

The City has hired a consultant to install and take samples from soil vapour probes on Menzie, Audrey and Lawrence Avenues, and on the laneway between Lawrence and Victoria Road South. Work will begin in October. Continue reading Environmental testing on Menzie, Audrey, Lawrence and laneway starts in October


Notice of study commencement and public open house

October 7, 2019

City of Guelph Schedule ‘B’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment for Robertson booster pump station Continue reading Notice of study commencement and public open house


Our Community, Our Water open house October 29

October 1, 2019

The first Our Community, Our Water open house is happening on October 29 at City Hall from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Continue reading Our Community, Our Water open house October 29


City and Dolime Quarry owners reach proposal to protect Guelph’s drinking water

October 1, 2019

The City of Guelph and the owners of the Dolime Quarry have reached a potential solution to address the City’s concerns about how operations at the quarry could affect Guelph’s drinking water. Continue reading City and Dolime Quarry owners reach proposal to protect Guelph’s drinking water


Fall 2019 yard waste collection

October 1, 2019

Options for leaves and yard waste, mulch and leave them on the lawn, use your green cart, bag them for collection, rake them to curb or drop them off Continue reading Fall 2019 yard waste collection


Construction Notice: Paving at the City’s public waste drop-off site to begin early October

September 30, 2019

Construction Notice: Paving at the City’s public waste drop-off site to begin early October Continue reading Construction Notice: Paving at the City’s public waste drop-off site to begin early October


City upgrading to LED streetlights throughout Guelph starting early October

September 27, 2019

City upgrading to LED streetlights throughout Guelph starting early October. Continue reading City upgrading to LED streetlights throughout Guelph starting early October


Arkell aqueduct maintenance: September 2019 project update

September 23, 2019

The inspection and maintenance of the Arkell aqueduct, where 60 to 80 per cent of Guelph’s water comes from, is underway. Continue reading Arkell aqueduct maintenance: September 2019 project update


Thanksgiving day/week holiday waste collection and facility hours

September 23, 2019

There will be no waste collection on Monday October 14. Collection is one day later all week. Continue reading Thanksgiving day/week holiday waste collection and facility hours


City shares 100 per cent renewable energy progress report

September 20, 2019

The City of Guelph is making strides toward its goal to achieve 100 per cent of its energy needs through renewable sources by 2050. The goal and approach reflect the community’s and Council’s prioritization of climate change mitigation. Continue reading City shares 100 per cent renewable energy progress report


Open house: Gordon Street improvements

September 17, 2019

The City of Guelph is hosting an open house to present plans for road improvements to Gordon Street between Edinburgh Road South and Lowes Road. Continue reading Open house: Gordon Street improvements


Silvercreek Parkway closed between Woodlawn and Campbell for emergency watermain repair

September 16, 2019

Silvercreek Parkway closed between Woodlawn and Campbell for emergency watermain repair. Continue reading Silvercreek Parkway closed between Woodlawn and Campbell for emergency watermain repair


Curbside battery collection starts September 30

September 12, 2019

The City is collecting single-use alkaline batteries at the curb from September 30 – October 11 on blue cart collection day. Continue reading Curbside battery collection starts September 30


City to begin dead-end watermain flushing September 16

September 5, 2019

The City will begin dead-end watermain flushing throughout Guelph starting Monday, September 16 Continue reading City to begin dead-end watermain flushing September 16


Construction notice: Lane restrictions at Willow Road and Imperial Road North intersection on August 29

August 27, 2019

The City will be performing repairs to an underground water valve at the Willow Road and Imperial Road North intersection on Thursday, August 29. Continue reading Construction notice: Lane restrictions at Willow Road and Imperial Road North intersection on August 29


Stormwater pond cleaning starts August 19

August 13, 2019

The City is working to clean seven stormwater management ponds throughout Guelph this year as part of regular maintenance. This work starts August 19 and each pond takes about two to three weeks to clean. Continue reading Stormwater pond cleaning starts August 19


Information about the City’s plans to provide comment on LaFarge Canada’s water-taking application

August 12, 2019

The City has reviewed Lafarge’s application and will develop our based on analysis from the groundwater flow modeling currently underway. Continue reading Information about the City’s plans to provide comment on LaFarge Canada’s water-taking application


City launches private water well and septic decommissioning rebate program

August 2, 2019

The City is offering rebates to help property owners decommission private water wells and septic systems. Continue reading City launches private water well and septic decommissioning rebate program


Summer is heating up: Level yellow outside watering restrictions now in effect

July 30, 2019

Your lawn only needs 2.5 cm (1 inch) of water a week.  Guelph, Ont., July 30, 2019 – The City is enforcing watering restrictions for level 1 yellow of the outside water use program because a sustained period of no steady rain and little relief is anticipated in the forecast ahead.   At level 1 yellow, lawn watering is restricted to 7-9 a.m. and 7-9 p.m. on odd or even calendar dates by address number—odd-numbered houses can water on odd-numbered dates and even-numbered houses on even dates. “Despite last night’s rain, the hot, dry summer weather has caught up with us,” said Heather Yates, Supervisor of Water Efficiency. “Early morning and late day watering happens to be the best time of day to keep plants… Continue reading Summer is heating up: Level yellow outside watering restrictions now in effect


Fire hydrant testing has started throughout Guelph

July 11, 2019

In compliance with the Ontario Fire Code, the City tests all fire hydrants on a yearly basis to ensure they are in proper working order when needed for fire suppression. Continue reading Fire hydrant testing has started throughout Guelph


City Council approves staff recommendation to create Natural Heritage Advisory Committee

July 9, 2019

City Council has approved a staff recommendation to create a Natural Heritage Advisory Committee (NHAC) with a focus on supporting environmental initiatives as part of Guelph’s Natural Heritage Action Plan. Continue reading City Council approves staff recommendation to create Natural Heritage Advisory Committee


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

June 25, 2019

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


Invasive species removals coming to parks and natural areas in 2019

June 24, 2019

This summer, we’re working to improve ecological health in our parks and natural areas by removing invasive plant species like buckthorn and dog strangling vine. Continue reading Invasive species removals coming to parks and natural areas in 2019


Burke well upgrades improve water service to 13,000 homes

June 5, 2019

Guelph, Ont., June 5, 2019 – City staff and council celebrated the opening of the upgraded Burke well house last week. The City made upgrades to remove iron and manganese from the water, and to improve service delivery and reliability of the 44-year-old well located on the north side of Arkell Road near Summerfield Drive. “Burke well is one of Guelph’s largest wells and provides about eight per cent of our daily water supply—tap water for about 13,000 households each day,” says Emily Stahl, manager of technical services. “It’s an important water source for Guelph and our upgrades ensure it will continue to serve our community well into the future.” As with all of Guelph’s drinking water, water from Burke well has always met Ontario’s… Continue reading Burke well upgrades improve water service to 13,000 homes


Understanding Bill 108

May 31, 2019

Be heard on Bill 108. Submit your comments on the Bill’s regulations. On June 6, 2019, the Provincial Legislature passed Bill 108: More Homes, More Choice Act into law. Most of the concerns and proposed solutions expressed by municipalities and citizens were not reflected in the Act at the time of passing. We still have an opportunity to influence how this law is put into motion. The City will continue to work with ministries to design the rules, policies and related programs under Bill 108 as the regulations are being crafted. You can get involved by voicing your opinions on specific regulations during this consultation period. Background On May 2, 2019, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing released its More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s… Continue reading Understanding Bill 108


Council approves funding to support making Guelph a net zero carbon community

May 28, 2019

Council also approves plan for meeting City’s 100 per cent renewable energy target Guelph, Ont., May 28, 2019 — City Council approved $700,000 in funding over five years to support the Community Energy Initiative led by Our Energy Guelph at last night’s Council meeting. Council also approved recommendations for achieving 100 per cent renewable energy sources for all City energy needs. “To tackle climate change, we need all hands on deck,” says Alex Chapman, manager of the City’s Climate Change Office. “This means working closely with our community and leading by example. With Council’s support, we can take a big step forward in reducing Guelph’s environmental footprint while further positioning our community as the leaders in environmental sustainability and delivering significant economic value and jobs.”… Continue reading Council approves funding to support making Guelph a net zero carbon community


Construction complete at Burke well house

May 23, 2019

The upgrades to Burke well are now complete and the well is currently operative. Burke well upgrades were made to improve overall water quality, service delivery and the reliability of Burke well which was built in 1975. Completion of these upgrades will save the City money and prolong the life of this important City asset. The upgrades completed include: expansion of the existing well house to accommodate additional treatment equipment (newly finished area of 310 square metres from current area of 62 square metres); installation of a filter system to remove manganese and iron; construction of 350 cubic metres of water storage, an amount that would fill more than 2,000 standard bathtubs; well cleaning; replacement of the on-site emergency power generator; and replacement of utility service… Continue reading Construction complete at Burke well house


Security upgrades at Arkell Spring grounds begin May 20

May 15, 2019

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. Continue reading Security upgrades at Arkell Spring grounds begin May 20


Construction notice: Hickory Street lane reduction starts May 13

May 15, 2019

Rickson Avenue to Oak Street The City is working with Fer-Pal Construction to reline the water main on Hickory Street between Rickson Avenue and Oak Street. Construction begins May 13   Construction will begin May 13 and continue for about 16 weeks (through to the end of August), weather permitting. Hickory Street will be reduced to one lane Traffic will be reduced to one lane for the duration of construction. Pedestrian access remains open All sidewalks will be maintained during construction. Signage will be posted to direct pedestrians around the construction site.  Property and business access and parking Every effort will be made to maintain access to driveways in the construction area during working hours (7 a.m.–7 p.m.). Construction activities and equipment movement may temporarily… Continue reading Construction notice: Hickory Street lane reduction starts May 13


City releases updated preferred structure for Clair-Maltby

May 2, 2019

Guelph, Ont., May 2, 2019—Today the City released an updated preferred community structure for the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan as part of a report to Council. The update is based on community feedback and additional studies the City has completed. In addition to the updated structure, the report presents the final policy directions document and provides a timeline for the remainder of the project. Putting the environment first The updated work on the Secondary Plan continues to put the protection of the Paris Moraine and the city’s natural heritage and water resources first. Further studies confirmed that planned urban development in the Clair-Maltby area will not interfere with the function of the Paris Moraine, the natural heritage system or water resources. The Paris Moraine is not… Continue reading City releases updated preferred structure for Clair-Maltby


Clean and green collects a hippo’s worth of garbage

April 30, 2019

A record number of parks, trails and green spaces were cleared of 3,300 kilograms during Clean and Green this past Saturday. Continue reading Clean and green collects a hippo’s worth of garbage


Mandatory residential water meter replacements start May 6

April 29, 2019

Watch your mailbox to see if your home is on the replacement list Guelph, Ont,. April 29, 2019 – The City has hired Neptune Technology Group Inc. to complete mandatory replacements of residential water meters in about 8,000 homes. Water meter replacements begin May 6, 2019. If your water meter is due for replacement, Neptune will contact you by mail, door hanger or phone. Neptune staff will not show up at your door without an appointment. If you get a notice, you’ll need to respond to the contact information provided to book your water meter replacement appointment. Appointments are available Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Installation of the new water meter is free. What is… Continue reading Mandatory residential water meter replacements start May 6


Things looking rosy with City of Guelph’s new GM of Environmental Services

April 29, 2019

Today the City of Guelph welcomes Jennifer Rose as the general manager of Environmental Services. Rose comes to the City with 15 years’ experience in the municipal sector, most recently as director of Environmental Services for the City of Vaughan. Continue reading Things looking rosy with City of Guelph’s new GM of Environmental Services


Open house: York Road Environmental Design Study

April 24, 2019

Open house for York Road Environmental Design Study on May 9, 2019 at Guelph City Hall. Continue reading Open house: York Road Environmental Design Study


Operations resume at City’s Waste Resource Innovation Centre after Saturday’s fire

April 14, 2019

Shortly after 2:40 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, Guelph Fire responded to a fire in the transfer station that houses collected garbage before being transported to the landfill. Continue reading Operations resume at City’s Waste Resource Innovation Centre after Saturday’s fire


Guelph wins award for protecting local drinking water sources

April 2, 2019

Guelph has won an Exemplary Source Water Protection Award from the American Water Works Association Continue reading Guelph wins award for protecting local drinking water sources


Construction Notice: Oak Street lane reduction starts April 23

April 2, 2019

Between Rickson Avenue and Gordon Street The City is working with Fer-Pal Construction to reline the watermain on Oak Street between Rickson Avenue and Gordon Street. Construction begins April 23 Construction will begin April 23 and continue for 16 weeks (through to early July), weather permitting. Oak Street will be reduced to one lane Traffic will be reduced to one lane for the duration of construction. Pedestrian access remains open All sidewalks will be maintained during construction. Signage will be posted to direct pedestrians around the construction site. Property and business access and parking Every effort will be made to maintain access to driveways in the construction area during working hours (7 a.m.–7 p.m.). Construction activities and equipment movement may temporarily impact access to private… Continue reading Construction Notice: Oak Street lane reduction starts April 23


Report and remove invasive plants

March 26, 2019

Please report and help us prevent the spread of invasive plants like giant hogweed and dog-strangling vine. Continue reading Report and remove invasive plants


Guelph City Council approves updated Waste Management Bylaw

March 19, 2019

Guelph’s updated waste bylaw includes changes for multi-residential collection, grass clippings and medical waste collection Continue reading Guelph City Council approves updated Waste Management Bylaw


Planning for growth while protecting the moraine, water resources and natural heritage resources

March 8, 2019

Come to an information session to discuss Guelph’s Clair Maltby Secondary Plan March 28, 2019 7-9 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall 1 Carden Street, Guelph Continue reading Planning for growth while protecting the moraine, water resources and natural heritage resources


City’s 2019 water, wastewater and stormwater rates come into effect March 1

February 21, 2019

Guelph, Ontario, February 21, 2019 – As part of the 2019 non-tax supported budget, City Council approved water, wastewater and stormwater rate increases. These increases ensure the City is able to continue providing essential services that meet the community’s expectations. The following rates come into effect on March 1, 2019. Water Description 2018 2019 Change Water volume (fee per cubic metre) $1.72 $1.72 $0.00 Water basic (fee per day) $0.26 $0.26 $0.00 Wastewater Description 2018 2019 Change Wastewater volume (fee per cubic metre) $1.84 $1.88 $0.04 Water basic (fee per day) $0.32 $0.32 $0.00 Stormwater Description 2018 2019 Change Stormwater service fee (per month) $4.60 $5.20 $0.60 For more information Water and wastewater rates guelph.ca/water 519-837-5627 Stormwater fees guelph.ca/stormwater 519-837-5604 extension 3486 2019 budget guelph.ca/budget.


Multi-residential waste collection February 2019 update

February 7, 2019

We plan to be collecting waste from up to 30 multi-residential properties by the end of 2019. Continue reading Multi-residential waste collection February 2019 update


Guelph first Canadian city recognized by the Alliance for Water Efficiency

January 21, 2019

Guelph, Ont., January 21, 2019 —The City has received silver level recognition from the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) for its water efficiency programs. Guelph is the first Canadian municipality to achieve such recognition. “We’re thrilled to be recognized again for our water-saving programs,” says Heather Yates, the City’s supervisor for water efficiency. “The dedication of our staff and the ongoing participation of the community have helped us consistently meet, and often outdo, our water conservation and efficiency targets.” “We are pleased to recognize the City of Guelph’s innovative and successful water efficiency and conservation efforts through their addition to the AWE G480 Leaderboard,” notes Bill Christiansen, Director of Programs at AWE. Recognition on AWE’s G480 Leaderboard is based on how a municipality, or water… Continue reading Guelph first Canadian city recognized by the Alliance for Water Efficiency


Multi-residential waste collection: January 2019 update

January 18, 2019

We are on schedule to begin rolling out multi-residential waste collection in mid-2019. The first front-end collection truck has been purchased and we are on track to purchase the second truck in early 2019. We are working closely with multi-residential property owners and managers to develop waste management plans to transition smoothly to City waste collection services


Guelph Hydro-Alectra Utilities merger completed

January 2, 2019

The merger between Guelph Hydro and Alectra Utilities is complete. The company is now the largest municipally-owned electric utility in Canada. Continue reading Guelph Hydro-Alectra Utilities merger completed


Verney water tower construction wrapping up!

December 27, 2018

The City is wrapping up planned maintenance work at the Verney water tower. Over the last seven months we: removed existing paint repainted the inside and outside of the tank upgraded safety systems, and replaced pipes and valves. BGL Contractors Corp. is currently completing the work and reinstalling fencing and gates. They will return in the spring to restore the grass cover and touch up remaining paint deficiencies. The City will be back to upgrade fencing around the water tower property in 2019, and we’ll issue a notice before we begin that work. For more information Patricia Quackenbush, Project Manager Water Services 519-822-1260 extension 2110 patricia.quackenbush@guelph.ca


Sanitary sewer cleaning

December 21, 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 80, 81, 60, 61 and 62 during the month of October. 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… Continue reading Sanitary sewer cleaning


Guelph’s Wastewater Treatment Plant earns silver level recognition from the Grand River Conservation Authority

December 20, 2018

City recognized for efforts to improve wastewater quality Guelph, Ont., December 20, 2018 —The City received silver level recognition for its wastewater treatment plant from the Grand River Conservation Authority Watershed Wide Optimization Program. The recognition comes from the City’s efforts to improve the wastewater that it returns to the Speed River through multi-level treatment. “We’re honoured to receive this recognition for our ongoing efforts towards excellence in wastewater treatment,” says Tim Robertson, Division Manager, Environmental Services. “Through the dedication of our knowledgeable staff, and working with our colleagues at the Grand River Conservation Authority, we continue to fine-tune our processes to get better performance and reduce the environmental impact of Guelph’s wastewater.” Based on data from 2017, the silver recognition is proof of how… Continue reading Guelph’s Wastewater Treatment Plant earns silver level recognition from the Grand River Conservation Authority


Ontario Energy Board approves Guelph Hydro merger with Alectra

October 18, 2018

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has approved the merger of Guelph Hydro and Alectra Utilities Corporation. Continue reading Ontario Energy Board approves Guelph Hydro merger with Alectra


City moving forward with Clythe well upgrades

October 16, 2018

The City is moving forward with the detail design of a water treatment facility at 37 Watson Road, across from the existing Clythe well site. Continue reading City moving forward with Clythe well upgrades