The Township of Huron-Kinloss provides clean, safe drinking water to more than 1,100 people in the Lucknow area through the Lucknow municipal well system. 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.
Please click on the Plan tab for policies of the source protection plans that may apply to you.
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 Community Well System
The following is a description of the Lucknow well system:
- The Township of Huron-Kinloss has two municipal wells in the Lucknow well system.
- Well Number Four was constructed in 1957.
- Well Number Five was built in 1967.
- Well Four Depth: 54.8 metres
- Well Five Depth: 58.8 metres
- Location: Well Number Four is located at 533 Hamilton Street. Well Number Five is located at 399 Bob Street.
The wellhead protection areas extend southeastward from the wells to include about 7.7 km along the south Township of Huron-Kinloss border and into the Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh. The wellhead protection area (WHPA) Zone A (the 100-metre radius around the wells) falls entirely within the Township of Huron-Kinloss.
The Lucknow wells and wellhead protection areas are located in the Maitland Valley Source Protection Area.
Where Does the Water Come From?
The two municipal wells draw 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 adds chlorination to the well water to disinfect it. 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 Lucknow wells are designed to the following capacity:
- 39.4 litres per second
- 3,404.16 cubic metres per day
The wells’ average usage is: 7.7 litres per second, 665 cubic metres per day
Ontario Drinking Water Standards (ODWS): Ontario Drinking Water Standards were met in 98.9 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 high natural fluoride. Drinking water source protection planning does not deal with naturally occurring threats.
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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