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CityTo Review Outside Water Use By-law

Web posted on January 28, 2013

GUELPH, ON, January 28, 2013 – The City of Guelph is inviting residents to participate in one or both upcoming public information centres to learn more about the review and update of its Outside Water Use By-law and program.

The business community is also invited to provide introductory feedback during the public consultation process as part of a business roundtable on February 5.

The Outside Water Use By-Law and program has been in place in Guelph for nearly 10 years. During prolonged periods of drought in 2012, the City implemented enhanced water use restrictions under the By-law to ensure there was enough water to support the needs of both the city and the local environment.

At the time, residents and businesses expressed some concern over aspects of the By-law, including permissible water uses during extreme periods of drought. In response to those concerns, the City's Water Services Department's review of the By-law and program will:

>> Discuss successes and explore aspects of the Outside Water Use By-Law and program that are working well; and
>> Examine opportunities to refine the program and By-law to help the City better manage Guelph's water resources in the future.

To reflect the needs of the entire community, City staff hopes to hear from a variety of community members and stakeholders.

Public Information Centres #1
What: Outside Water Use By-law and Program review and update
When: Wednesday, January 30, 6:30-9 p.m.
Where: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, 683 Woolwich Street

What: Outside Water Use By-law and Program review and update
When: Tuesday, February 5, 6:30-9 p.m.
Where: Italian Canadian Club, 135 Ferguson Street

Business Roundtable #1
What: Outside Water Use By-law and Program review and update
When: Tuesday, February 5, 9-11 a.m.
Where: Italian Canadian Club, 135 Ferguson Street

Community members unable to attend the public meetings are encouraged to view online materials and submit their comments by February 12 through an online survey by visiting

Alternatively, comments may also be provided by email, voicemail by calling 519-822-1260 x 2153, fax 519-822-8837 or mail to Outside Water Use By-law comments at 1 Carden Street, City Hall, Guelph ON N1H 3A1.

All feedback will be included in a report provided to City Council this spring and will help staff develop recommendations and a draft updated by-law for Council's consideration and deliberation.

About the Outside Water Use Program
The City's Outside Water Use Program (OWUP) is one of the most successful and recognized water conservation programs in Ontario. The program aims to conserve Guelph's groundwater supply and protect against the impact of drought during the summer months.

The OWUP has three levels that affect outside water use: Level 0 Blue—careful use; Level 1 Yellow—reduce outside use; and Level 2 Red—reduce and stop non-essential use. These levels are triggered by dry weather and local watershed conditions in accordance the Province of Ontario's Low Water Response Plan.

The OWUP is supported by the Outside Water Use By-law which applies to all outdoor water use within the City, specifically to any person using water and the owner of any property where water is used, unless the water being used is not supplied by the municipal water supply.