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Salty Softeners Salty Rivers

November 10, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


We know that road salt is bad for our beloved Speed River. But what about that invisible source of salt in our basements?

Water softeners can compete with volumes of road salt that we pour into our rivers. And while road salt use in Guelph is going down, softener salt is actually going up!

The added salt is bad enough, but these softeners also mean we use more water to operate them. All of this impacts our environment including climate change.

Water softeners are seen by many as an almost necessary piece of household equipment in Guelph. They provide several real and perceived benefits, but come with a few drawbacks.

What are we to do? … Lots.

Learn how you can cut your salt use by up to 60%, benefit our rivers, fight climate change and save money.

Wayne Brabazon, from the Region of Waterloo, will illustrate how softeners work and how they contribute to chloride (salt) pollution in our waterways. He’ll demonstrate different types of water softeners and conditioners available to soften efficiently while saving water, salt and money.

Steve Yessie, City of Guelph Water Department, will discuss the Guelph perspective of household softener use, the benefits and challenges of water softeners, as well as ways to reduce related water and salt use.

Salty Softeners, Salty Rivers

Wednesday , Nov. 10, 2021

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM


Join us as we host:

Wayne Brabazon| Water Efficiency Technologist, Region of Waterloo

Wayne has worked for the Region of Waterloo for 23 years in a range of water services positions. Currently he is the Region’s Water Efficiency Technologist and works extensively with commercial, institutional and industrial (CII) business-sector water users. This role involves convincing businesses to move on, and commit to, water saving projects. CII water efficiency projects are varied and each project is dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Wayne’s technical knowledge to support the water efficiency position is based on an educational background in the sciences, business and computer systems.

Steve Yessie| Water Conservation Program Coordinator, City of Guelph

Steve Yessie has worked in the sustainability field for the past 7 years. In 2018, he joined the Water Conservation and Efficiency team with the City of Guelph. In his role at the City Steve coordinates the Multi-Residential Water Audit and Water Sub-Meter Rebate programs. In addition to these programs he focuses much of his time toward community education. This finds Steve leading tours of the local Water Services facility and in front of classrooms at schools across the City discussing source protection, conservation, efficiency and best practices related to water.


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November 10, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


eMERGE ON Canada


eMERGE Guelph
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42 Carden Street, 
Guelph, ON N1H 3A2
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eMERGE Guelph fights climate change by energizing the community to achieve 100% renewable energy as soon as possible.

42 Carden Street, 
Guelph, ON N1H 3A2
[email protected]

eMERGE Guelph fights climate change by energizing the community to achieve 100% renewable energy as soon as possible.

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