The City of Guelph 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, and affirms the city’s ongoing dedication to water conservation and efficiency as a community priority.
Recognition on AWE’s G480 leaderboard is based on how a municipality, or water utility, meets the American Water Works Association G480 Water Conservation Program Operation and Management Standards. These standards are considered the best in class for developing, delivering, and evaluating a water conservation program. Application criteria includes:
- Compliance with local regulatory requirements
- Integrated water efficiency practices, such as having metering and seasonal water use strategies in place
- Development of a water efficiency strategy
- Fostering a culture of water conservation within the community
Guelph updated its water efficiency strategy in 2016. The updated strategy makes it easier for people in Guelph to save water at home and at work every day with new and updated programs.
As of 2016, an investment of $10.2 million in water conservation and efficiency programs and resources has resulted in over $40 million in savings from deferred infrastructure projects and related operating costs that the City would otherwise have needed to build to supply the Guelph community with drinking water. The City has budgeted $13 million for water conservation and efficiency programs between 2017 and 2026 for an expected future costs savings of $29 million.