What is a drinking water source protection plan?
Policies in your locally developed, provincially approved source protection plans will reduce risk to local municipal drinking water sources in the Maitland Valley and Ausable Bayfield source protection areas.
The new plans are to reduce this risk through a practical and local approach to manage threats in the most vulnerable areas of the source protection region.
Community representatives on the source protection committee have worked with the public for more than seven years to prepare terms of reference, assessment reports, and source protection plans.
The plan policies with must-conform-to legal effect apply, in this region, only in three zones around municipal wells:
1. 100-metre wellhead protection area (WHPA A)
2. Parts of two-year time-of-travel area (WHPA B)
3. In the case of dense non-aqueous phase liquids, within the five-year time-of-travel area.
Direct education to persons engaged in an activity (for example, someone with a septic system or home heating oil near a municipal well) is part of the local threats management approach.
Policies such as prohibition, or risk management plans, would only apply to significant threat activities. Those threats can only be found in the three most vulnerable wellhead protection areas of the region (WHPA zones A, B, and C).
If the threat exists today a risk management plan is usually required. (Different tools are used to reduce risk from septic systems).
In general, if a significant threat does not exist today it cannot be established in the future.
For copies of the plans, use the links below or visit the Maitland Valley or Ausable Bayfield source protection authority offices during business hours.
For more information on drinking water source protection in the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Region contact Tim Cumming, Communications Specialist, at email@example.com or phone 519-235-2610, ext. 248 or toll-free at 1-888-286-2610, ext. 248.