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If your property is in a protected area, there are certain activities which are regulated to ensure that they will not pose a threat to your local municipal residential drinking water supply. The threats can be existing activities or activities which could exist in the future. These activities have been determined by the Province and can include:

Prescribed Drinking Water Threat Activity  Examples of Threat 
The establishment, operation or maintenance of a waste disposal site within the meaning of Part V of the Environmental Protection Act. Storage of PCBs, waste oil and other hazardous waste, landfilling of hazardous, non-hazardous, municipal or commercial waste, land application of untreated septage.
The establishment, operation or maintenance of a system that collects, stores, transmits, treats, or disposes of sewage. Septic systems, stormwater treatment ponds, discharge of industrial effluent, sewage treatment plants and sanitary sewer systems.
The use of land as livestock grazing or pasturing land, an outdoor confinement area or a farm animal yard. Fields where livestock graze, and confinement areas outside barns.
The application of agricultural source material to land. Manure produced by farm animals, and run-off from farm yards and manure storages, or wash water such as milking centre waste, or compost (such as mushroom compost). Facilities that cultivate fish or other aquatic organisms in a controlled environment also produce agricultural source material.
The storage of agricultural source material.
The management of agricultural source material.
The application of non-agricultural source material. Land application of sewage bio-solids or other similar wastes such as pulp and paper bio-solids or waste materials from food processing.
The handling and storage of non-agricultural source material.
The application of commercial fertilizer to land. Contaminants of interest include nitrogen and phosphorus. (agricultural and non-agricultural e.g. golf The handling and storage of commercial fertilizer. courses)
The handling and storage of commercial fertilizer.
The application of pesticide to land. Pesticides of interest include the chemicals used to control weeds (herbicides), or fungi (fungicides) or those used as a soil fumigant to control fungi, nematodes and weeds. (agricultural and non-agricultural e.g. golf courses)
The handling and storage of pesticide.
The application of road salt. Contaminants of interest include chloride and sodium.
The handling and storage of road salt.
The storage of snow. Contaminants of interest include chloride, sodium, and petroleum hydrocarbons.
The handling and storage of fuel. Bulk plants or facilities where fuel is manufactured, gas stations and cardlocks or keylocks, marinas, private storage such as farms and contractor yards, and heating oil tanks for homes and businesses.
The handling and storage of a dense non-aqueous phase liquid or DNAPL. Dry-cleaning chemicals, paint and spot removers, rug cleaning fluids, and varnishes.
The handling and storage of an organic solvent. Paints, varnishes, lacquers, adhesives, glues, and degreasing or cleaning agents, and substances used in the production of dyes, polymers, plastics, textiles, and printing inks.
The management of runoff that contains chemicals used in the de-icing of aircraft. Airports using ethylene glycol to de-ice aircrafts.
WATER QUANTITY THREAT: An activity that takes water from an aquifer or a surface water body without returning the water taken to the same aquifer or surface water body. Water taken from a river or bay and then discharged onto the ground and into groundwater.
WATER QUANTITY THREAT: An activity that reduces the recharge of an aquifer. Increasing impervious cover of the ground, often through construction of paved areas e.g. parking lots.

 

If your property is in one of the protected areas and you are thinking of undertaking any of these activities, please contact our Risk Management Official for more information.

Reference: Trent Conservation Coalition "Threats to Our Drinking Water Sources