The Municipality of North Perth provides clean, safe drinking water to about 43 people from the Molesworth municipal well system. Your positive actions can help to protect the source of that drinking water.
The well is operated by the Municipality of North Perth and inspected annually by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. Inspection results are posted on the municipal website.
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 Plans tab for plan policies 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 Molesworth well system:
- There is one municipal well in Molesworth.
- Year constructed: The Molesworth well was built in 2010. It replaced the former well.
- Well Depth: 47.2 metres
- Location: The Molesworth municipal well is located at 8112-8116 Road 177.
- The Molesworth well and wellhead protection areas are in the Maitland Valley Source Protection Area.
- The entire municipal wellhead protection area falls within the Municipality of North Perth except for a very small portion of Zone A (the 100-metre radius around the well).
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 water is treated with ultraviolet radiation and iron sequestration. 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?
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.
The Molesworth wells are designed to the following capacity:
- 2.2 litres per second
- 190 cubic metres per day
The wells’ average usage is: 23 cubic metres per day
Ontario Drinking Water Standards (ODWS): Ontario Drinking Water Standards were met in 100 per cent of the tests from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012.
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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