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Guelph's Water Use: Single Family Residential

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Title: Guelph's Water Use: Single Family Residential
Author: Stahl, Emily; Lamberts, Julie Anne
Abstract: Guelph is one of the largest communities in Canada that depends on groundwater for its water supply. Managing a fixed groundwater source is challenging, as additional groundwater supply sources are limited. The City’s Water Supply Master Plans repetitively identify that sustainable urban growth is dependent on the success of aggressive water conservation and efficiency programs. To know this, the current water conservation and efficiency programs need to be evaluated. As such, the City’s residential water use analysis was conducted in order to determine how the current water conservation and efficiency programs are performing and to assist with development of future programming. It was completed by reviewing metered customer water consumption data from January 2006 to December 2014 against Municipal Property Assessment Corporation housing codes and associated building data. Geographic Information Systems were then used to map the data. This analysis highlights areas of high water use; seasonal water use patterns; and water use trends with regards to square footage of home, age of home, and number of bathrooms per home. This project enhances the City of Guelph’s planning approach for sustainable water use and watershed management, and enables the City to tailor their conservation and efficiency programs.
Description: Poster was part of 'What We Know' display, held on March 1, 2017 at the Quebec Street Mall in Downtown Guelph. At 'What We Know,' the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute brought together 50 posters featuring diverse research on Guelph and Wellington from community organizations, municipal staff, faculty and students. Topics included feral cats, farmland loss, food waste, the wellbeing of children and more - all specific to Guelph and Wellington.
Date: 2017-03-01
Rights: Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 Canada
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