Water is critical to all aspects of our lives and it is important that we ensure there is a safe and reliable source of water for all our uses – now and in the future. Drinking Water Source Protection is a resource planning process that aims to keep sources of drinking water safe and usable.
In the Saugeen, Grey Sauble, Northern Bruce Peninsula Source Protection Region, our Municipal drinking water comes from underground sources (aquifers) drawn from wells located across the region or surface water intakes into Lake Huron and Ruhl Lake. All of these sources are linked in a watershed through the water cycle. Drinking water sources are vulnerable to contamination, long term problems can result if contamination occurs.
Through the Clean Water Act, a local committee has been established to guide the process to develop a Source Protection Plan to protect municipal sources of drinking water. The Source Protection Plan will determine areas that are vulnerable, identify potential threats and develop plans to deal with the threats to our drinking water sources. Technical work is ongoing by the team of Source Protection staff and consultants.
In this area, the Saugeen Valley and Grey Sauble Conservation Authorities along with the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula have partnered together to work with the Source Protection Committee to coordinate the development of Source Protection Plans for our watersheds. We are committed to working with our municipalities, other stakeholders and the public to develop Source Protection Plans that serve to protect our drinking water.
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