Drinking water sources or source water include untreated water from streams, lakes, or groundwater (underground aquifers). This water is used to supply both private wells and municipal drinking water systems.
To ensure that drinking water is as clean and as safe as possible, it is important to prevent contamination at the source. Pollutants in source water put stress on the natural environment and may require expensive treatment to remove. Ultimately, it is less expensive to prevent pollutants from entering drinking water in the first place.
Wellington Source Water Protection is a partnership of the municipalities of Wellington County to protect our drinking water sources. These municipalities include: the Township of Centre Wellington, the Town of Erin, the Township of Guelph/Eramosa, the Township of Mapleton, the Town of Minto, the Township of Puslinch , the Township of Wellington North and the County of Wellington. This partnership is working together to implement the five different Source Protection Plans that apply within the County of Wellington.