The Town of Minto provides clean, safe drinking water to more than 2,579 people from the Palmerston 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 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 Palmerston well system:
- There are four wells in the Palmerston municipal well system.
- Well Number Four was constructed after the mapping of wellhead protection areas was completed and therefore was not included in the maps. It is located approximately 17 metres from Well Number Three. Wells Three and Four supply the White’s Road wellhouse and alternate duties as primary supply.
- Well Number One was constructed in 1928.
- Well Number Two was constructed in 1956.
- Well Number Three was constructed in 1956.
- Well Number Four was constructed in 2012.
- Well Number One has a depth of 27.3 metres.
- Well Number Two has a depth of 30.5 metres.
- Well Number Three has a depth of 53.3 metres.
- Well Number Four has a depth of 45.7 metres.
- Location: Wells Number One and Two are located at 215 William Street.
- Wells Number Three and Four are located at 445 Whites Road.
Where Does the Water Come From?
The four 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 wells.
How is the Water Treated and Distributed?
The Town of Minto uses chlorination and iron sequestration 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 Palmerston wells are designed to the following capacity:
- Well Number One has a design capacity of 1,970 cubic metres per day.
- Well Number Two has a design capacity of 1,970 cubic metres per day.
- Well Number Three has a design capacity of 2,307 cubic metres per day.
- Well Number Four has a design capacity of 2,291 cubic metres per day.
Average usage for Wells Number One and Two, combined, was: 207.9 cubic metres per day. Well Number Three: 499.2 cubic metres per day
Ontario Drinking Water Standards (ODWS): Ontario Drinking Water Standards were met in 99.8 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 an instance of coliform exceeding standard levels. This problem was considered too minor to be defined as a drinking water issue.
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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