Source Water Protection: Port Stanley Intake Protection Zone
Kettle Creek Source Protection Plan
The Kettle Creek Source Protection Plan establishes policies to appropriately and effectively address significant drinking water threats to the Elgin Area Primary Water Supply System, east of Port Stanley, and the Belmont Water Supply System, the only two municipal drinking water sources in the Kettle Creek watershed. The Ministry of the Environment approved the Kettle Creek Source Protection Plan on September 11, 2014, and the plan took effect on January 1, 2015.
While the Belmont Water Supply System has no significant drinking water threats, the handling and storage of commercial fertilizer (greater than 5,000 cubic metres) and fuel (greater than 6,000 litres) are significant risks to the Elgin Area Primary Water Supply System. Therefore, Risk Management Plans have been developed and implemented to ensure these existing activities cease to be significant drinking water threats. Future handling and storage of commercial fertilizer and fuel in large quantities are prohibited according to the policies established by the Kettle Creek Source Protection Plan. A range of approaches has been used to address potential threats including outreach and education campaigns, updating municipal documents and, in certain instances, prohibiting activities immediately within the Port Stanley Intake Protection Zone or Belmont Wellhead Protection Area.
If you are planning to undertake any new activities in these areas, please contact the Risk Management Official at the Municipality of Central Elgin by telephone at 519-631-4860 ext. 277. The Risk Management Official reviews all planning permit applications and building permit applications for compliance with the Source Protection Plan. The Risk Management Official should be consulted before beginning any building projects or new activities within the Port Stanley Intake Protection Zone or the Belmont Wellhead Protection Area.
To find out more, please see the Lake Erie Source Protection Region’s website www.sourcewater.ca.
Where Does Your Drinking Water Come From?
The Elgin Area Water Treatment Plant (WTP) is located on the north shore of Lake Erie in the Municipality of Central Elgin, five kilometres east of Port Stanley. The Elgin Area WTP has a treatment capacity of 91 million litres per day and serves a population of approximately 112,000 people in the cities of London and St. Thomas, the Municipality of Bayham, Municipality of Central Elgin, Municipality of Dutton Dunwich, Township of Malahide, Township of Southwold, and the Town of Aylmer.
Intake Protection Zones
An intake is the underwater pipe that is used to pump water from a surface water source, such as a lake or large river, before it is treated and distributed as drinking water. An Intake Protection Zone (IPZ) is the area, made up of both water and land, surrounding a surface water intake pipe. Under the Clean Water Act, 2006, several Intake Protection Zones have been identified that include IPZ-1 (proximity based), IPZ-2 (time based), and IPZ-3 (event based) for the Elgin Area Water Treatment Plant.
To protect the health of the people who get their drinking water from Lake Erie, it is important to keep pollutants out of the lake. This job starts with protecting the water and land immediately around the Intake Protection Zone.