Fri 17 Aug 2012 03:06:37 PM EDTSt.Thomas - A plan to protect the sources of water for municipal drinking water systems in the Kettle Creek watershed is now available for public comment.
The Proposed Source Protection Plan outlines the policies and programs needed to protect municipal wells and intakes from contamination.
The report is available:
• online at www.sourcewater.ca
• Kettle Creek Conservation Authority, at 4015 Ferguson Line, St. Thomas
• Municipality of Central Elgin, 450 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas
• Port Stanley Public Library, 302 Bridge St., Port Stanley
• Belmont Public Library, 14134 Belmont Rd., Belmont
• St. Thomas Public Library, 153 Curtis St., St. Thomas
Residents can comment in writing by Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. Information on how to comment is available at www.sourcewater.ca or in the hard copies of the report at the offices and libraries.
This is the second round of public consultation on the plan. An earlier round was held in the spring and included two public meetings in Belmont and Port Stanley. The new version of the plan has been updated to reflect comments received then.
Comments received during the current round will be appended to the plan when it is submitted later this year to the Ministry of Environment for approval.
The publication of the plan is an important step toward protecting these sources of municipal drinking water supplies:
• two wells serving Belmont, operated by the Municipality of Central Elgin
• the Lake Erie intake at Port Stanley serving eastern Elgin County and London, operated by the Elgin Area Primary Water Supply System
The Draft Source Protection Plan:
• identifies vulnerable areas where drinking water sources face a risk of contamination,
• identifies significant threats to drinking water sources, and
• outlines policies and programs to reduce the risk posed by significant threats, and to prevent new ones from developing.
The Draft Source Protection Plan is based on studies done by the Municipality of Central Elgin and the Elgin Area Primary Water Board in conjunction with the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority.
The work of developing the Source Protection Plan was led by the Lake Erie Region Source Protection Committee. It is a multi-stakeholder committee with representatives from throughout the Lake Erie Source Protection Region which includes the Kettle Creek, Catfish Creek, Long Point Region and Grand River watersheds.
The committee was created under the Ontario Clean Water Act which was passed by the Ontario Legislature in 2006 to implement some of the recommendations of the inquiry into the Walkerton water tragedy.
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For more information:
Public Relations Supervisor
Tel: 519-631-1270 ext. 224
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