Protecting the sources of our municipal drinking water is an important step toward ensuring that there is enough safe, clean drinking water for all.
The responsibility for protecting municipal drinking water sources is a partnership between municipalities, Conservation Authorities and the provincial government, each with different roles and responsibilities. Source Protection Committees have been appointed by the provincial government to guide the development of source protection plans and are comprised of municipalities, farmers, businesses, industry, residents and members of the public.
Source Protection Committees and Plans
Source protection planning is based on a specific watershed. Wellington County is located within many watersheds and has five source protection plans.
Source Protection Committees and Plans are:
Source Protection in Wellington County
Wellington Source Water Protection is a partnership of the eight municipalities that make up Wellington County to deliver source protection in an efficient, fair and cost effective manner. Wellington County municipalities include: the Townships of Centre Wellington, Guelph/Eramosa, Mapleton, Puslinch, Wellington North, the Towns of Erin and Minto and the County of Wellington. The Source Protection contact within Wellington County is the Risk Management Official who services all seven towns and townships.
Grand River Conservation Authority Undertaking Centre Wellington Scoped Tier 3 Water Budget
- As part of the Clean Water Act technical work, Tier 2 water budgets were completed for the Grand River watershed in 2009. These reports were summarized in the Assessment Report approved in 2012. In July 2016, the Grand River Conservation Authority released a request for proposal to undertake the scoped Tier 3 study. The scoped Tier 3 process will include stakeholder engagement and provincially mandated technical peer review. The details on the engagement process are currently being developed and shared at a later date. Read more...
Properties affected by the Source Protection Plans
The closer your property is to a municipal well or municipal water intake, the more likely there may be some policies in the Source Protection Plan that may affect your property.
Source Protection Plans and the Clean Water Act regulate activities including:
- Hazardous waste
- Pesticide use
- Spreading and storage of manure
- Taking too much water
- Fertilizer use
- Chemicals use including solvents
- Road salt use and storage
- Snow storage