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Protecting Timmins-Area Drinking Water

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Protecting Timmins-Area Drinking Water

Ontario Supports Actions to Safeguard Drinking Water

Ontario has approved the Mattagami Region Source Protection Plan to strengthen local source-to-tap drinking water protection.

The plan was developed by the Mattagami Region Source Protection Committee, made up of municipal and community partners, with implementation scheduled for fall 2014.

Under the plan, the City of Timmins will:

  • Create risk-management plans for storing pesticides, fuel and manure.
  • Make sure municipal sewage equipment has proper back-up power systems.
  • Update its road salt management plan.
  • Pre-screen land-use planning and building permit applications to prohibit the future storage of large amounts of organic solvents, such as paint thinner or industrial cleaners.
  • Conduct an education and outreach program in partnership with the Mattagami Region Conservation Authority to advise fuel distributors, private fuel outlets and property owners about what to do in case of a spill.

The Clean Water Act established 19 local committees across Ontario. Each committee developed science-based plans that address contamination risks to municipal drinking water sources.

Making sound, sustainable decisions about the environment that support the economy is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths -- its people and strategic partnerships.

Quick Facts

  • Protecting sources of drinking water was one of the province’s responses to the tragedy in Walkerton, where seven people died and more than 2,000 others became ill after consuming contaminated drinking water.
  • The Mattagami Region Source Protection area is over 11,000 square kilometres, contains four municipalities and is home to more than 48,000 residents.
  • Timmins’ drinking water system serves about 90 per cent of the area’s residents.

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Jim Bradley

“The Mattagami Region Source Protection Committee has done a tremendous job developing a plan that will protect Timmins’ drinking water system. I thank the committee for its efforts, insights and leadership as we move into the implementation phase in the fall.”

Jim Bradley

Ministry of the Environment

“The Mattagami Region Source Protection Authority and Committee worked with the City of Timmins and surrounding communities to create a plan that protects drinking water from the Mattagami River. The collaborators were sensitive to business and local concerns, working hand-in-hand to ensure that public safety was considered. I am both pleased and proud to have co-operated with the province, committee, staff and community to create this first plan. I look forward to plan improvements as our knowledge evolves.”

George Hughes

Mattagami Region Source Protection Committee

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