The purpose of the Clean Water Act, 2006 is to protect existing and future sources of drinking water, as part of an overall commitment to human health and the environment.
The Act requires the preparation of an Assessment Report to assess the vulnerability of and identify threats to sources of drinking water. The assessment report was developed in accordance with the Minister of the Environment approved Terms of Reference, the Clean Water Act, 2006, Ontario Regulation 287/07 (General), and the Technical Rules: Assessment Report (November 2009).
Assessment Reports are being prepared for each of the 38 source protection areas in the province. The Clean Water Act, 2006 (subsection 17(2)) sets out that the Director shall make a decision on each of the 38 Assessment Reports.
Section 18 of the Clean Water Act, 2006 requires that “As soon as reasonably possible after an assessment report is approved by the Director, the Director shall publish a notice of the approval on the environmental registry established under the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993”.
Once the Assessment Report is approved by the Director, Source Protection Committees will proceed to develop the Source Protection Plan. Source Protection Plans will set out policies to manage the risks posed by land use activities to sources of drinking water identified in the assessment reports. Source Protection Plans are to be submitted to the Minister of the Environment no later than August 20, 2012.