Drinking Water Source Protection (DWSP)

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Source Water Protection

Protecting water at its source is a crucial first step in Ontario’s approach to delivering safe drinking water. After the tragic events of 2000 in Walkerton, the Province took strong action to ensure municipal drinking water is among the best protected in the world.

Drinking Water Source Protection is a multi-barrier approach to protect sources of municipal drinking water from contamination and overuse. Source water is untreated water taken from lakes, rivers and aquifers for drinking. The Clean Water Act ensures communities protect their municipal drinking water sources through prevention – by developing collaborative, watershed-based source protection plans that are locally driven and based on science.

Under the Clean Water Act, 19 Source Protection Regions were established. Locally, the Crowe Valley, Ganaraska Region, Kawartha, Lower Trent and Otonabee Conservation Authorities have entered into a partnership to form the Trent Conservation Coalition Source Protection Region. At the same time the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority became the Ganaraska Region Source Protection Area, and the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority Board of Directors became the Ganaraska Region Source Protection Authority Board.

Drinking Water Protection Zone

Drinking Water Protection Zone SignThese signs are placed in areas that are more sensitive to threats that could put the local drinking water at risk. If you witness a spill it is important that you call Emergency Services (911) or Ontario Spills Action Centre (1-800-268-6060) so that it doesn’t go unreported. Learn more about Drinking Water Protection Zones and Road Signs.

The process undertaken to develop the Ganaraska Assessment Report and Ganaraska Source Protection Plan was led by the Trent Conservation Coalition Source Protection Committee in conjunction with local municipalities, the conservation / source protection authority, provincial ministries, non-governmental agencies and the public.

The Ganaraska Source Protection Plan contains policies that protect existing and future drinking water sources by reducing or eliminating significant threats to the source of municipal drinking water. On January 1, 2015 the Ganaraska Source Protection Plan came into effect and policy implementation is well underway.

Municipal Drinking Water Systems

The local municipal drinking water systems that are addressed by the Ganaraska Source Protection Plan are listed below.

We all have a role to play in caring for our water. If we want clean water tomorrow, we need to protect our sources of water today. Approximately 70 per cent of the population in the Ganaraska Region Source Protection Area obtain their drinking water from these six municipal residential drinking water systems.

Risk Management Official

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority provides Risk Management Official services for the Township of Hamilton.

For inquiries about home sales, Planning Act Application notices and Risk Management Plans within the vulnerable areas of Camborne and Creighton Heights, please contact Pam Lancaster, GRCA Conservation Lands Coordinator.

For a listing of other Risk Management Official within the GRSPA please visit the Trent Source Protection page.