Dry conditions move outside water use level up to yellow


Enforced watering restrictions now in effect

Reduce your water use

Guelph, Ont., July 10, 2018—The City is enforcing watering restrictions for level 1 yellow of the outside water use program because of a lack of rainfall, hot temperatures and increased demands on the water system.

At level 1 yellow, lawn watering is restricted to 7-9 a.m. and 7-9 p.m. on odd or even calendar dates by address number—odd numbered houses are permitted to water on odd numbered dates, and even numbered houses on even dates.
“Despite some recent rain, overall rainfall is still much lower than usual,” said Heather Yates, Supervisor of Water Efficiency. “With hot, dry weather expected to last through the summer, we need residents and businesses to continue their commitment to conserving water both outside and inside to ensure a sustainable water supply.”

Indicators that change local watering restrictions include amount of rain, local river flows and water demands. Current hot and dry conditions, and a weather forecast predicting increased temperatures and low rainfall, are the primary reasons for the current change from blue to yellow.
The last time Guelph’s watering restrictions were in level 1 yellow was in 2016.

The City will continue to monitor conditions and work with the Grand River Conservation Authority to decide whether more changes to local watering restrictions are needed throughout the summer.

Outdoor water uses such as tree and flower or food garden watering, running sprinklers for children’s recreational use, and at–home car washing are still allowed. At–home car washing is only allowed using a hose with a shut–off nozzle or with a bucket of water.

Guelph is a groundwater community. Groundwater comes from rain and melted snow that seeps into open spaces and cracks in soil and rock. That means Guelph’s water supply is limited and dependent on local precipitation, and is why the City promotes responsible and efficient outdoor and indoor water use at all times.
How to report a concern
To report a possible infraction of the outside water use program:
· Call 519-837-2529,
· Use the 311GIS map app, or
· Fill out a report online through the How can we help you tool by clicking on the “Bylaw compliance and concerns” button.

For reasons of privacy, please don’t post pictures of private property to social media to report an infraction. Calling or completing an online request are the fastest and most effective ways to report a concern.

In level 1 yellow, the outside water use program is actively enforced by the City’s bylaw officers. Bylaw officers will issue a fine or court summons for each observed infraction.
Lawn and garden care tips
· Set your mower blade to its highest setting and only your cut your lawn when grass is 7.5 cm (3 inches) tall to grow stronger, deeper roots
· In severe drought it is better for grass health not to mow at all
· If you water your lawn, only do so once per week, use a rain gauge and apply 2.5 cm (1 inch) at the most
· Use oscillating sprinklers that shoot low to the ground instead of fan­–style sprinklers which lose more water to evaporation and wind

· Use mulch in gardens to retain moisture; apply 7-10 cm (3-4 inches) deep
· Use a soaker hose or watering can to water plants at their roots and reduce water lost to evaporation
· Water first thing in the morning; watering at night can lead to plant disease
· Choose drought tolerant plants native to the area




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Riverside Playground is open!

It’s taken a while.. but it’s totally worth it! Check out the new and exciting playground in the Jewel of Ward Two– Riverside Park…. but don’t get overheated!


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Heat warning issued for city of Guelph

Heat warning issued for city of Guelph

Keep cool at air-conditioned City facilities and libraries

Guelph, Ont., June 28, 2018 – Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Guelph. Hot and humid conditions arrive tomorrow and continue through next week.

The City of Guelph reminds residents that air-conditioned City facilities and libraries are open to residents and visitors looking for a place to keep cool during the heat warning. Visit guelph.ca/coolingcentres for a list of locations and hours. Note: some facilities are closed July 1 and/or July 2 for Canada Day.

When it’s hot, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health reminds residents to drink plenty of water, stay out of the sun, and to make a habit of checking on elderly family, friends, and neighbours. It’s also a good idea to plan breaks from the heat by spending a few hours in an air-conditioned spot such as a shopping mall, grocery store, community or recreation centre, place of worship, or public library.

Look for the Blue W decal on business windows in Guelph—including restaurants, City facilities and businesses—to fill your reusable bottle with healthy, safe municipal tap water, free-of-charge as part of the Blue W program. Visit bluew.org for a list of participating locations.

For more information on heat and your health, visit Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health at wdgpublichealth.ca or call toll-free at 1-800-265-7293 extension 4753. For information on pet safety during a heat warning, please contact the Guelph Humane Society at 519-824-3091.


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Evergreen seniors facility to close for six weeks

Some Ward 2 news that will affect quite a few of us who appreciate this great resource.

Evergreen seniors facility to close for six weeks

Parking lot and sidewalk repairs begin July 2

Guelph, Ont., June 18, 2018 – Starting July 2, the City of Guelph will begin repairs of the parking lot and sidewalk at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, located at 683 Woolwich Street.

The work includes:

· Parking lot repairs and repaving

· Sidewalk replacement

· Lighting installation

· Garage waterproofing repairs

As a result of this work, the parking lot and facility will close to the public for about six weeks. The Evergreen Restaurant will also temporarily close as of June 28 at 1 p.m. During the facility closure, the City will do general maintenance work such as cleaning, painting and minor repairs.

Pedestrian and vehicular access to Riverside Residences on the Park will be maintained throughout the project and will be marked by signage. Riverside Park users are reminded to access the park via Marilyn Drive.

During the closure, recreation programming is available at the Victoria Road Recreation Centre or the West End Community Centre. Visit guelph.ca/recreation for more information. Questions about programming offered by the Guelph Wellington Seniors Association should be directed to 519-823-1291.

The work, to be completed by Melrose Paving Company Limited, is expected to be done by August 6, weather depending. The Evergreen Seniors Community Centre and restaurant is expected to reopen on Tuesday, August 7.


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Special Meeting about break-ins and vandalism May 17th

Hi folks,
With winter over there has been a resurgence of break-ins, vandalism and threats to security in the Ward 2 neighbourhoods that flank the Speed River: mainly the Dufferin Street area and across the river around Arthur Street and the Wolfond Park neighbourhood.
For many it’s reaching a crisis point. We are fortunate that Sgt. Arif Hasham from the Community Mobilization Unit of the Guelph Police has offered to speak to us about some possible actions… and we’d like to get your input.

If you live in this part of Ward 2, or if you have insights into this topic, we’d love to see you at the meeting.
I’ll be joined by my ward mate Councillor Van Hellemond Thursday night May 17th, 7 pm.. at the Evergreen Centre on Woolwich Street. We hope to see you there… and if you can think of neighbours to invite please do so…

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Brant Ave Youth Group Fundraising Car Wash this Saturday

A great Ward 2 organization has a fun fundraiser this Saturday ( originally scheduled for the day of the ice storm!)–SATURDAY May 12th from 11 am to 2 pm at The New Life Church – 400 Victoria Rd N…

Please come & hang out, help out or get your car washed!

This event is in support of the Brant Youth Group’s participation in the http://www.muddygrape.com

Any donations are welcome, should you not be able to come and e-transfers can be sent to kimgadoury@live. com. Donations will receive a tax receipt from the Muddygrape, once we participate on Saturday May 26, 2018.

If you WANT a donation, I need your FULL name, home address, INCLUDING postal code & a tel number. Thank you!

Thanks to everyone!!

Kimberley D. Gadoury

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Clean and Green Community cleanup postponed one week

The weather has us beat. If you’ve signed up to help this weekend with the ward 2 team… hold on to your rake for another week… we’ll try it on the 29th instead… here’s the official press release about it!

Clean and Green Participants,

It seems that mother nature is just not going to cooperate for the clean-up this weekend, so even though we’ve been trying to remain optimistic and the weather forecast is predicting some sun by Saturday it doesn’t seem that this will be in time to melt the thickness of the ice we have accumulated and it will be very difficult if not impossible to pick-up litter hidden under the ice.

We’re trying to avoid a “clean and white” therefore we have decided to postpone the Clean and Green event and celebratory BBQ to the following Saturday April 28th. All the event details will remain the same, it is just the date that is changing and we hope to see many of you at the Picnic Shelter at Riverside Park at noon to celebrate after a job well done next weekend.

If your group is not available to postpone to next weekend and you would still like to go ahead as planned this Saturday please let us know by reply email and we will have our staff pick-up any garbage you do collect on Monday. Otherwise we will assume you will join us next week instead.

The clean-up kit pick-ups time and dates will remain the same, they are available for pick-up today April 18th and Thursday April 19th at the front desk at the Victoria Road Recreation Centre, 151 Victoria Road N between the hours of 7a.m.-8p.m. As mentioned previously, for those interested, Universal Precautions (sharps) training will be available on a drop in basis at this location in the willow room from 12pm- 7pm on April 18th and 19th.

Thank you all again so much for your amazing support in keeping our community clean, this year 1,280 of you signed up, the most participants we’ve ever had!

Customer Service
15th Annual Clean & Green Community Cleanup
Parks & Forestry | City of Guelph
519-822-1260 x 3305

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