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City expands water-saving to multi-residential buildings

Web posted on March 10, 2020

Helping more proprty owners become water-saving heroes

Guelph, Ont., March 10, 2020 The City has expanded its Blue Built Home water efficiency certification and rebate program to include units in new multi-residential buildings in Guelph.

 With this program update, all new and renovated single-family homes and units in multi-residential buildings may qualify for Blue Built Home savings and rebates.   

"By expanding Blue Built Home to include units in new multi-residential buildings, more Guelph residents and property owners are recognized for their water-saving efforts," says Stephanie Shouldice, water conservation program coordinator.

To get  Blue Built Home certified, a property owner must complete one of the following three actions:

  • Complete a minimum of three qualifying water-saving options. Examples of water-saving options include installing WaterSense showerheads, WaterSense toilets, sub-water meter, Energy Star washing machine.

The full list of qualifying water-saving options are available at bluebuilthome.ca. The program provides flexibility to suit a diversity of property types and the preferences of property owners.

Owners of certified single-family homes, or townhouses, can get a one-time cash rebate of up to $2,460 plus the benefits from long-term water use cost savings. Owners of multi-residential building units are eligible for rebates of up to $415 per unit.

To date, 67 single-family homes and 399 units in multi-residential buildings are Blue Built Home certified, collectively saving approximately 7,273,600 litres of water, three times as much as an Olympic sized swimming pool. Certified new single-family homes can reduce water costs by as much as 60 per cent without making any compromises on day-to-day water use activities like showering and laundry. Certified new apartment or condominium units can reduce water use and costs by up to 20 per cent per unit. Older homes can find even more water and cost-savings by retrofitting older appliances and plumbing hardware.

About Guelph Water

Guelph is one of the largest communities that relies on groundwater for its drinking water supply. The City's Water Supply Master Plan identified water efficiency programs as a top priority for meeting the City's water use reduction target of 9,147 cubic metres per day by 2038, an amount equivalent to almost four Olympic-sized swimming pools every day. Water use in 2019 was about 38,982 cubic metres per day, enough water to fill over 15 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

The City's water efficiency strategy helps the Guelph community use less water. Since 2006, water conservation efforts by Guelph residents and businesses, and the City itself, have resulted in over $40 million in savings from water infrastructure projects the City has not yet needed to build and operate to provide new water supply.

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