Ontario Moves to Protect Drinking Water Sources
For Immediate Release
Grants For Scientific Studies Support Local Water Protection Planning
Hanover ⎯ The Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority and local municipalities are pleased to receive $ 1,440,850 from the provincial government to assist with protecting community
drinking water supplies.
The McGuinty government is providing almost $10 million in grants this year, $8.5 million of which is going to municipalities and their partner conservation authorities for scientific studies to
support their source water protection efforts. These grants are part of the government’s $67.5 million commitment for source protection planning.
“We all need sustainable sources of clean, safe drinking water,” said Doug Freiburger, Chair of the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority. “This funding is allowing us and our partner
municipalities to undertake studies that will provide the basis for developing water protection approaches that make sense for local communities.”
The Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority is working with fourteen local municipalities to gather the information about the state of water in their watersheds that the municipalities need to
develop local protection plans.
The proposed Clean Water Act was introduced following broad consultations with municipalities, agriculture, conservation authorities, industry, non-governmental organizations,
public health officials, water experts and the public. If passed, it would ensure that communities are able to identify potential risks to their supply of drinking water, and take action to reduce or
eliminate these risks. Municipalities, conservation authorities, landowners, farmers, industry, community groups, health officials and the public would all work together to meet common
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Don Smith, Project ManagerSaugeen, Grey Sauble, Northern Bruce Peninsula Source Protection Region, at (519) 376-3076 x. 246 or e-mail email@example.com
David Ellingwood, Communications Specialist, Saugeen, Grey Sauble, Northern Bruce Peninsula Source Protection Region, at (519) 376-3076 x. 246 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.