Protecting Trent Conservation Coalition Region Drinking Water
Ontario Supports Actions to Safeguard Drinking Water
Ontario has approved the Trent Conservation Coalition Source Protection Plans to strengthen local source-to-tap drinking water protection.
The plans, developed by local municipal and community partners on the Trent Conservation Coalition source protection committee, will take effect Jan. 1, 2015.
Source protection plans are designed to protect the water quality of the lakes, rivers and sources of underground water that supply municipal drinking water systems. The plans set out actions to eliminate, manage or reduce potential risks to drinking water sources.
The Trent Conservation Coalition plans will:
- Establish maintenance and inspection programs for septic systems close to drinking water systems to meet building code requirements.
- Create risk-management plans for handling and storing pesticides, fertilizers, road salt, fuel and manure.
- Produce and place road signs to identify drinking water protection zones.
Protecting drinking water is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
- The Clean Water Act established 19 local committees across Ontario. Each committee developed science-based plans that address contamination risks to the water that supplies municipal drinking water systems.
- The Trent Conservation Coalition Source Protection Region covers the Ganaraska watershed, Trent watershed and parts of Lake Ontario. The region stretches from Algonquin Park in the north to Lake Ontario in the south.
- This region includes all or part of 38 municipalities including the City of Peterborough and the Region of Durham.
- The region is home to approximately 378,000 people. The majority live in the southern urban centres such as Lindsay, Peterborough, City of Kawartha Lakes, Port Hope, Cobourg, Newcastle and Trenton.
- The Trent Conservation Coalition Source Protection Region contains 53 municipal residential drinking water systems, including 35 systems that draw water from an aquifer and 18 drawing water from a lake or river.
“Few things are as important to our health and well-being as having safe water to drink. Protecting the sources that supply our drinking water is the first step in keeping our drinking water safe and helps ensure we never have another Walkerton incident.”
“We are proud of the work of our regional source protection staff in achieving this goal. The process is collaborative and science-based, and will provide ongoing protection for municipal source water by emphasizing minimizing the risk to water supplies from land use activities.”