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Ontario Helping Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph Protect the Great Lakes

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Ontario Helping Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph Protect the Great Lakes

McGuinty Government Invests in Water Innovation

Ontario is helping Guelph, Waterloo and Kitchener test new and better ways to protect groundwater and streams that flow into Lake Erie.  

The Guelph Transit Facility is installing a rainwater and rinse water collection system to reduce the amount of water, detergent and energy used to wash city buses. The new system will also prevent detergent from entering local waterways.

The City of Waterloo is installing a rainwater collection system to collect, treat, store and reuse stormwater runoff from building rooftops and parking lots and the City of Kitchener is exploring new ways to keep stormwater sediment out of landfills by reusing it as topsoil.

These projects are part of the McGuinty government's Showcasing Water Innovation program that supports projects demonstrating new and cost-effective approaches to improving drinking water, wastewater treatment and stormwater systems.

Protecting and restoring the Great Lakes is part of the McGuinty government's plan to enhance quality of life for Ontario families and ensure a strong, green economy for future generations.

Quick Facts

  • The province has invested more than $5 million in projects in Guelph, Waterloo and Kitchener through the Showcasing Water Innovation program.
  • Water and wastewater is the largest sub-sector of Ontario's environment industry, employing 22,000 people and generating $1.8 billion in sales.
  • The government has launched the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund to help communities protect their area of the Great Lakes.

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“Ontarians want healthy, vibrant Great Lakes that are drinkable, swimmable and fishable. By helping communities install innovative wastewater treatment solutions, the McGuinty government is making our Great Lakes cleaner.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of the Environment

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