Source water protection is an important shared responsibility to ensure that our drinking water remains safe for consumption. Water sources such as streams, lakes, and underground aquifers can easily be contaminated by human activities, including our day-to-day activities at work and home. In order to prevent similar tragedies to that of the E-coli breakout in Walkerton, Ontario, the Clean Water Act was passed in 2006. As a result of the Clean Water Act, all communities in Ontario are required to develop Source Water Protection Plans in order to protect their municipal sources of drinking water. The Source Water Protection Plans have been developed on a watershed basis by Source Protection Committees. These committees have been appointed by the provincial government to guide the development of the Source Water Protection Plans and are comprised of municipalities, farmers, businesses, industry, residents and members of the public. Although the Clean Water Act only mandates Source Protection Plans to protect sources of municipal drinking water, many private wells use the same source water or are located within municipal well head protection areas. The actions taken by Wellington Source Water Protection under the Source Water Protection Plans will help to protect both municipal and private drinking water.
The goal of Wellington Source Water Protection is to work together with residents, business owners and farmers within vulnerable source water areas to protect our drinking water sources and ensure our drinking water remains safe for everyone to consume.
Wellington County falls within many watersheds and has five different Source Protection Plans, each with a unique approach to Source Water Protection. Wellington Source Water Protection is a partnership of the municipalities of Wellington County to implement the five Source Protection Plans that will protect our source water. These municipalities include: the Township of Centre Wellington, the Town of Erin, Guelph/Eramosa Township, the Township of Mapleton, the Town of Minto, the Township of Puslinch, the Township of Wellington North and the County of Wellington.