Article Courtesy of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change|Government of Ontario|September 11, 2014| Shared as Educational Material
Ontario has approved the Quinte Source Protection Plan to strengthen local source-to-tap drinking water protection.
The plan, developed by local municipal and community partners on the Quinte 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 Quinte plan will:
- Establish maintenance and inspection programs for septic systems to meet building code requirements.
- Create risk-management plans for handling and storing pesticides, fuel and manure, as well as for existing waste sites and storm-water facilities.
- Produce and place road signs to identify wellhead protection areas and intake protection zones.
Protecting drinking water enhances quality of life for Ontario families and supports sustainable communities now and into the future. This is part of the government’s plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
- 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 Quinte source protection region consists of four watersheds (Moira, Salmon, Napanee, and Prince Edward) and covers an area of approximately 6,600-square kilometres.
- There are 11 municipal drinking water systems in the area. Four systems draw water from a groundwater source, such as an aquifer, while the remaining seven draw water from a surface source, such as the Bay of Quinte, Lake Ontario, Roblin Lake or the Napanee 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.”
– Glen R Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
“The approval of this first source protection plan for the Quinte Region is an important milestone in the protection of local municipal drinking water sources. Our source protection committee has created a plan based on science and proudly developed in consultation with the local community. I want to thank all those who assisted the committee by participating in the planning process. I believe we have produced a plan that is fair and will be effective in protecting our precious local water sources now and in the future.”
– Max Christie, Chair of the Quinte Region source protection committee