In 2020, the City initiated an update to the Wastewater Treatment and Biosolids Management Master Plan to make sure everything that is flushed down your sinks, drains and toilets is managed sustainably, protects the environment, including local rivers, wetlands and other waterways, and can handle Guelph’s growing population.
As we reviewed the plan, staff engaged with the community, regulatory agencies, and indigenous groups. We listened to feedback and learned how wastewater management affects our community and our environment, including the Speed River. We heard that we need to consider advances in treatment technologies and explore sustainable and cost-efficient wastewater treatment concepts that mitigate climate change and support the City’s goal of using 100 per cent renewable energy sources by 2050.
Based on community engagement and Council’s approval in 2022, staff are working to:
The City is committed to protecting the environment, including our water resources. These updates will allow us to meet the demands of our growing community now and for decades to come.