City invites residents, businesses to share ideas about water conservation on June 23

Water Efficiency Strategy update provides opportunities for public input:

Guelph, ON, June 16, 2015—The City of Guelph is updating the 2009 Water Conservation and Efficiency Strategy. The first public open house will be held at City Hall on Tuesday, June 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. The open house will provide a forum for public feedback and suggestions about current and future programs.

“We’re hoping people will bring ideas about improvements to our existing programs, as well as suggestions for new programs,” said Wayne Galliher, Manager of Technical Services for City of Guelph Water Services. “We know that Guelph is a community that cares about water conservation, and we want to know what else people would like to do, and how the City might be able to support them.”

The City identified the need for the strategy update following an update to the Water Supply Master Plan in 2014. The updated Master Plan included a revised water use reduction target of 9,150 cubic metres per day by 2038, an amount equivalent to four Olympic sized swimming pools. Water conservation programs were recognized as a top priority for continued success. In addition, pending market saturation of some longer standing water conservation programs and changes to available technology make an update timely. The update will ensure the City continues to offer effective programs that provide value for the community and help meet reduction targets.

Conservation and efficiency program success:

Since 2006, Guelph has reclaimed more than 7,000 cubic metres of water capacity per day. As a result, the City has been able to delay the need for more than $35 million worth of water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades by investing $8.6 million in water conservation programs.

Guelph’s current average day water use of 167 litres per person is much lower than 2011 provincial and national averages of 207 litres and 251 litres, respectively. Guelph’s 2011 average day water use was 177 litres per person.

Many ways to get involved:

“We recognize not everyone can attend the open house, and we want to hear from as many people as possible, so we’re providing different ways to participate,” noted Galliher. “In addition to the open house we’ll have an online forum for collecting feedback and ideas, and we’ll be talking to people at events this summer including Canada Day in the Park and Ribfest.”

The City will also host two open houses for the public later this fall. These open houses will focus on the future direction of water conservation programs in Guelph.

For more information about the strategy update and news about opportunities to get involved, visit

For more information:

Wayne Galliher, Manager of Technical Services Water Services 519-822-1260 extension 2106


Last night friends of Rachel and I went out to dinner at the Keg and afterwards I suggested we walk around Royal City Park.

We all agreed and arrived at Royal City Park to find the place alive with people at the playground, tons of people walking and bicycling around, people dancing, enjoying the  new patio at The Bread Bar and every other person I saw had an ice cream cone from The Boat House!

Nico from the Flying Dance Company had Salsa Dancing going on!   
I hadn’t a clue this was all happening at once and it struck me that of the hundreds of people I saw, all had a smile on their face! This is why our downtown is so important and the public space offered to our citizens and those visiting needs to make them experience “the wow factor”! 

Last night we all experienced it, and so I’m letting you know that you’re missing a lot downtown. Go explore it – you won’t be disappointed!


The Boat House for Ice Cream!


  Technically this isn’t “in” Guelph, but it’s only a few minutes outside of Guelph and a lot of Guelphites use the center.  It was a full house (or tent) of supporters. Well known host Lisa Richards from Magic FM did a great job. There were many many volunteers  and sponsors for the event so a big thank you to them!

From their website, here’s some info on what they do:

Sunrise Aims and Objectives:

  • To provide a high quality therapeutic, recreation, and sport equestrian program under the direction of qualified professional personnel.
  • To offer a caring and stimulating environment, which will help individuals, experience physical, psychological, and social benefits using animal assisted therapy.
  • To teach life skills and assist with developing the full potential of young people with special needs, using a farm environment and farm related activities.
  • To teach the participant responsibility through the care and management of the program horses, farm property and gardens.
  • To raise awareness in the community regarding the program’s impact on the challenges faced and overcome by children and adults with special needs.
  • To continually seek new goals for the program and the participants.

 Above is one of the many volunteers, Mercedes, who helped my daughter and I feed the horses!


  Exhibition Park was hopping today! Music, food, arts, crafts and more! Thanks so much to the Neighbourhood Group & all the volunteers for bringing this event together. Like all groups it’s part of the @GuelphNSC.

I brought my daughter Adelaide along and she was having so much fun! Look at that swing! The rain had stopped and there were a lot of people there. I’m thinking this type of community event should happen more often!  

This was  their first annual Creativity Picnic in Exhibition Park. Here’s a write up on the day:

“There will be music, magic and a wee bit of mayhem. It is our first such picnic and we have much to celebrate. We have local and lovely talent such as: The Funky Mama Trio, The Children’s Art Factory, Five the Magician , Olivia and the Creepy Crawlies, and the Art Gallery of Guelph‘s ‘Inflatable Art Gallery’. Plus we will have activities from the Guelph Civic Museum, face painting, henna, Cardboard-ia, Kids Make Guelph, fortune telling, a story tent (with special guest storytellers), a book swap and so much more!”  If this happens again next year, I’d highly recommend all of Guelph come and see the great things going on here! 


Happy Birthday! It’s a party at Royal City Brewing Co. They’re celebrating their 1yr anniversary today so get on down there!  It was great to see smiles all around from Russ, Cameron & all the others that work there!   It was also so nice to see the camaraderie between them and the other local brew companies like Stone Hammer, Wellington Brewery and others.   Like so many of Guelph’s local breweries they all have this sense of community pride and they all give back to Guelph in so many ways. Today’s event was no different. They celebrate the business, but also donate to a charity. Well done.  And look at all the employees in the above photos. Local jobs being created because of the risk these people took to start something new. 

The “Royal City” of Guelph congratulates you on your hard work!