From working with farmers to create risk management plans and reviewing new development applications, York Region is sharing the steps it’s taking to protect municipal drinking water.
In the 2017 Source Water Protection Implementation Annual Report, the region highlights the work it’s doing to identify and manage potential threats to drinking water and ensure proposed developments in vulnerable areas undertake careful planning to ensure the safety of its drinking water supply.
Last year, the region provided more than $43,000 to businesses and farmers to implement required risk management measures as part of its Source Water Protection Incentive Program; reviewed 279 development planning applications to ensure growth is compatible with drinking water protection; conduced risk management plans and follow-up inspections to ensure ongoing compliance and approved six risk management plans with strong participation by the farming community to protect drinking water.
The region reports it provides clean, safe, reliable drinking water to more than one million people. About 90 per cent of its water originates from Lake Ontario and the remainder comes from Lake Simcoe and groundwater wells within its boundaries. Groundwater wells draw water from underground aquifers made up of water, soil and rock.
Visit York.ca/sourcewaterprotection to find out if your home, farm, business or land development project is located in or near a vulnerable area and to see how you can protect drinking water sources.