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$2M for new water innovations in Guelph

December 19, 2011


MPP Liz Sandals was on hand this morning to announce three Provincial grants for investments in our water and wastewater systems of over $2 million.  We have an incredible amount of expertise in our Water and Wastewater Departments.  City staff apply this expertise not only to providing excellent services to the people of Guelph.  They […]

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Conservation Calendar arrives November 29

November 25, 2011

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The City’s Conservation Calendar – with its all-important waste collection schedule and sorting guide – will arrive at Guelph homes on Tuesday, November 29 as an insert in the Guelph Tribune. You can also view it online after the 29th at guelph.ca/environment.

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Research and commercialization partnerships, Part 2

August 31, 2011

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In an earlier post, I talked about unique partnerships that benefit the City and taxpayers, help attract jobs and investment, and create opportunities to make a difference beyond our city boundaries. Here is another great example. On the invitation of the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, the City has struck a partnership with Mey-na, […]

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Water supply being put at risk

August 7, 2011


Guelph relies solely on groundwater for its drinking water. We take the protection of that groundwater supply very seriously. Since the Walkerton Inquiry, the Province has also seemed to take source water protection seriously with the Clean Water Act. The Walkerton Inquiry promoted the multiple barrier approach to drinking water safety. However, the recent approvals […]

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Launch of Blue Built Home program

June 30, 2011

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Today I launched the City’s latest water-efficiency program – the Blue Built Home program – along with representatives from Reid’s Heritage Homes, Sloot Construction, and Terra View Homes, local builders who are all participating in the program. Blue Built Homes use between 24 to 54 per cent less water than typical homes – representing between […]

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Vote for your favourite

May 20, 2011

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The “I love Guelph tap water” contest videos are in. Vote for your favourite video until midnight May 30. GUELPH, ON, May 20—Guelph residents are invited to vote for their favourite I love Guelph tap water video at guelph.ca/tapwater until midnight May 30. The video with the most “Likes” on YouTube by the deadline will […]

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World Water Day

March 22, 2011

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Today is World Water Day. It’s a fitting occasion to raise a glass of tap water and toast the fact that Guelph is blessed with some of the best drinking water in the world, sourced in our own backyard and delivered right to our homes. To learn more about Guelph’s tap water, you can visit guelph.ca/tapwater.

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A bit more on water rates and conservation…

February 2, 2011

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Several good enquiries into the office wanting to better understand the role of water conservation in water rates.  Here is a more fulsome response….. Water saved through conservation has attributed to a small portion of increases to water and wastewater user rates (attributing to 1.5% of total 10% increase).  The major drivers for increases in water […]

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More water, lower rates?

February 2, 2011


No! I know it is easy to come to this conclusion but it is not how it works. The cost of programs to conserve water is about a third of the cost of building new infrastructure to increase supply (e.g. wells, pipes, valves, pumps, reservoirs).  If we used more water, our water rates would escalate much […]

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Guelph Recognized as Water Stewardship Leader

June 4, 2010

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Guelph has been recognized for its proactive and precautionary water conservation ethic and informed populace. For the complete article, visit Guelph is Canada’s water steward leader

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