The Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh provides clean, safe drinking water to more than 85 people in Benmiller. Your positive actions can help to keep that water safe and clean.
Impacts of Plans
Your local source protection committee, for the Maitland Valley and Ausable Bayfield areas, has prepared drinking water source protection plans. The Province of Ontario has approved these plans which took effect in April of 2015.
These plans help to keep your drinking water safe. Plan policies may require action from you if you are located in municipal wellhead protection area (WHPA) zone A, B or C. Please click on the map link for wellhead protection areas.
Current information is available by visiting the Assessment Reports section of this website. The following is for local information purposes and may be subject to change.
Your Benmiller Well System
The following is a description of the Benmiller well system:
- There is one municipal well located in Benmiller.
- Location: The Benmiller well is located on Lot 1, Concession 1, of the former Township of Colborne, about 400 metres north of the Maitland River, 100 metres west of Sharpe’s Creek.
- The well and wellhead protection areas are located in the Maitland Valley Source Protection Area.
- The Benmiller well was constructed in 1977.
- Well Depth:65.8 metres.
Where Does the Water Come From?
The well draws groundwater from an aquifer. Aquifers collect water underground much like a sponge collects water. The municipality draws that water from underground through the municipal well.
How is the Water Treated and Distributed?
The municipality uses chlorination to treat the water. Operators must adhere to strict requirements for the treatment, testing and distribution of drinking water specified in the Safe Drinking Water Act. Ontario Drinking Water Quality Standards require compliance.
How is the Drinking Water Source Protected?
Ontario’s Clean Water Act, 2006 was created to protect drinking water at the source as the first of several barriers of protection. Other barriers of defence include monitoring, distribution, and the three Ts (testing; treatment; and training of water operators).
The Benmiller well is designed to the following capacity:
- Well: 2.3 litres per second
- Well: 196.3 cubic metres per day
The wells’ average usage is: 37 cubic metres per day
Ontario Drinking Water Standards (ODWS): Ontario Drinking Water Standards were met in 98.7 per cent of the tests from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012. Ontario Drinking Water Standards were not met 100 per cent of the time due to a water-quality monitoring problem. Naturally occurring fluoride exceeded standards. The drinking water source protection planning process does not deal with naturally occurring issues.
If there is a discrepancy between the information included here and the Approved Amended Assessment Reports, the information in the Assessment Reports usually prevails.
Contact us with your questions, by phone or email, or click on your community link to find maps and information on policy impacts, and how you can help to keep your community’s drinking water safe and clean. Thank you.
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