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Safe, mobile drinking water in the community

To help protect the health and safety of employees, and ensure the reliability of critical utility services, Utilities Kingston is suspending many non-critical programs and services, until further notice.  This includes the water buggy program. We thank you for your understanding as we work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Water buggy bookings will resume in 2022.
We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to serving your events in 2022 and beyond.

We're proud to supply safe, reliable drinking water in the City of Kingston. That's why we're especially glad to bring quality mobile tap water to selected events in the local community. The Utilities Kingston water buggy is a mobile water distribution system that operates at local events during the summer months.

But don't forget to bring your refillable bottle to festivals and events this summer so you too can enjoy free, safe and reliable tap water. BYOWB (bring your own water bottle)!

Did you know?

Kingston’s municipal drinking water exceeds all provincial water quality standards. Check our annual reports on water quality.

Safe, quality tap water

The Utilities Kingston water buggy is maintained in accordance with operational guidelines and public health regulations. The water buggy is set up by certified water treatment operators. During events, sanitization and cleaning procedures are followed by Utilities Kingston staff who are trained to operate the water buggy.

Quick facts about the Utilities Kingston water buggy

  • Each unit holds 1,400 litres. When the onboard stainless steel tank is filled once, it diverts 2,800 plastic bottles from waste.
  • Each unit has eight water fountains and eight bottle fill stations.
  • The buggy can supply a continuous supply of water when hooked to a municipal water supply. For locations where that’s not possible, the onboard stainless steel tank can be filled and water can be transported to the site.

The Utilities Kingston water buggy

  • The water buggy is accessible to both small children and people with disabilities.
  • The units are powered by sustainable energy. Solar panels provide electricity to the water pump and on-board water treatment system.
  • The units can be used in emergency situations to provide safe, portable drinking water.

Availability

Water buggy bookings will resume in 2022. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to serving your events in 2022 and beyond.

Bookings are generally available any day of the week between May and August on a first-come, first-served basis. If your event falls outside this timeframe, please contact us – we may be able to accommodate your request.

Cost to book the buggy

Utilities Kingston operates the buggy as a community service to promote the value of our safe, reliable drinking water. However, in consideration of our rate paying water customers, we do charge a nominal fee to cover operating costs. Costs vary depending on several factors, as described in the chart below.

Method to fill tank Advantages & disadvantages Fee Details
Direct-connect
The buggy receives water at the event from a ¾" water tap connected to the municipal water supply. Food grade hoses take water from the tap to the buggy. Prior to hook up, the water source must be approved by Utilities Kingston staff.
  • Continuous supply of water
  • Lower booking fees
  • Placement restricted to 150 feet or less from water source (tap)
$350.00 
+ tax
  • Use of the Utilities Kingston water buggy for one day
  • Utilities Kingston staff to set up and operate the water buggy during the event
  • Transportation of the buggy to the event
$150.00 
+ tax
  • Use of the Utilities Kingston water buggy for each additional day at the same event
  • Utilities Kingston staff to set up and operate the water buggy during the event
$75.00 
+ tax
  • Additional towing required (one-way) or multiple-day events where the water buggy must be moved offsite for overnight storage
Bulk-fill
The buggy arrives at the event with its 1,400-litre tank pre-filled with municipal tap water.
  • Placement is not restricted by location of water source
  • Higher booking fee
  • Limited to 1400 litres supply of water, and some time off-site is needed to re-fill
$350.00 
+ tax
  • Use of the Utilities Kingston water buggy for one day
  • Utilities Kingston staff to set up and operate the buggy during the event
  • Transportation of the Utilities Kingston water buggy to the event, and for re-filling as needed

Booking the buggy

Water buggy bookings will resume in 2022. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to serving your events in 2022 and beyond.