Summary: We have approved the amendments to the assessment reports and source protection plans for the Ausable Bayfield and Maitland Valley Source Protection Areas. The amendments update wellhead protection areas around 6 municipal wells, revise risk management policies for consistency and help with implementation.
The purpose of the Clean Water Act, 2006 is to protect existing and future sources of drinking water to help protect human health and the environment, and to ensure safe, clean drinking water for all Ontarians.
The Act ensures communities are able to protect their drinking water sources through prevention - by developing collaborative, locally driven, watershed based drinking water source protection plans founded on science. Protecting local drinking water sources is an important first step in ensuring Ontario’s communities are confident in the quality and quantity of their municipal drinking water.
Amendments to the assessment reports and source protection plans were carried out to further protect sources of drinking water in the Ausable Bayfield and Maitland Valley source protection areas. The amendments include the identification of new and updated wellhead protection areas as a result of a municipally-assumed drinking water system in Varna (Municipality of Bluewater), new and replacement wells in the Molesworth (Municipality of North Perth), Benmiller (Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh) and Blyth (Municipality of North Huron) drinking water systems, one decommissioned well in the Dungannon drinking water system (Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh), as well as the extension of Ripley wellhead protection area into the Maitland Valley source protection area (Municipality of Huron-Kinloss) from the neighbouring Saugeen Valley source protection area. The amendments also include minor changes to the risk management plan policies to align with timelines in neighbouring areas and allow flexibility for which municipal applications require approval by a risk management official.
The amendments have been completed in accordance with the legislative and regulatory requirements set out in the Clean Water Act and Ontario Regulation 287/07 (General) and have been approved. The effective date of the amendments is upon posting on the Environmental Registry.