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Protecting North Bay-Mattawa Area Drinking Water

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Protecting North Bay-Mattawa Area Drinking Water

Ontario Supports Actions to Safeguard Drinking Water

Ontario has approved the North Bay-Mattawa Source Protection Plan to strengthen local source-to-tap drinking water protection.

The plan, developed by local municipal and community partners on the North Bay-Mattawa source protection committee, will take effect July 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.

Actions set out in North Bay-Mattawa plan include:

  • Establishing maintenance and inspection programs for septic systems to meet Building Code requirements.
  • Providing information to residents on the proper management of various significant risks, including the storage and handling of manure, commercial fertilizer and fuel, and livestock grazing and pasturing.
  • Producing and placing 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.

Quick Facts

  • The Clean Water Act established 19 local committees across Ontario. Each committee developed science-based plans that address risks to the water that supplies municipal drinking water systems.
  • The North Bay-Mattawa source protection region consists of two watersheds and covers an area of approximately 4,000-square kilometres.
  • There are five municipal drinking water systems in the area. Two systems draw water from a groundwater source while the remaining three draw water from a surface source, those being the North Bay and the South River intakes.

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“Few things are as important to our health as having safe water to drink. Ontario's multi-barrier approach to protect drinking water has made our tap water among the best protected in the world. Protecting the sources of drinking water - our lakes, rivers and groundwater - is the foundation of our safety net.”

Glen Murray

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

“This is an important day for the communities in our region for the protection of drinking water. The North Bay-Mattawa Plan is the culmination of scientific analysis, community consultation and extensive work by the committee, the policy working group and staff. We have appreciated the financial and technical support of the province and now turn our focus to implementation.”

Jeff Celentano

Chair of the North Bay-Mattawa Region source protection committee

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