A short history of Guelph and Dolime Quarry

It’s taken many years to find a viable solution that makes sense for all parties, including the City of Guelph, Guelph-Eramosa Township and the quarry owners

2002

  • City starts investigating local water quality following the introduction of Ontario’s Safe Water Drinking Act

2003

  • City advises regulators of concerns with Dolime Quarry operations and their potential impact on groundwater quality

2008

  • City staff discover that quarrying has reached the aquitard—the dense layer of rock that protects our drinking water

2009

  • City experts, River Valley Developments (Dolime Quarry owners) and provincial regulators establish a technical working group to explore concerns related to water quality and quantity

2013

  • City requests leave to appeal the Dolime Quarry’s water-taking permit based on water quality and quantity concerns

2014

  • City’s leave to appeal is granted and City enters into confidential mediation with the Ministry of the Environment Conservation and Parks and River Valley Developments

2014 to 2018

  • Appeal parties work to find a viable solution to protect Guelph’s drinking water

2018

  • A solution that addresses the interests of all parties emerges

2019

  • City launches campaign to share proposed solution to protect drinking water with the community