After the tragic events of Walkerton in May of 2000, Ontario took strong action to ensure our drinking water is protected in multiple ways. Protecting drinking water where it is taken from the environment was one of the key recommendations to protect drinking water. This means protecting municipal drinking water right from the source; either a municipal well drawing from groundwater, or a surface water intake drawing from a water feature such as a lake or river.
In October 2006, the Province of Ontario passed the Clean Water Act. The Act is focused on preventing the contamination and depletion of surface and groundwater sources that supply municipal drinking water systems with water. Under the Act, 19 source protection regions have been designated across Ontario.
Kawartha Conservation is part of the Trent Conservation Coalition (TCC), a partnership of five conservation authorities that work together on projects of common interest. TCC members include Crowe Valley, Ganaraska, Kawartha, Lower Trent and Otonabee conservation authorities. We operate within a larger area called the Trent Conservation Coalition Source Protection Region.
On October 31, 2014, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change approved the Source Protection Plan for the Trent Conservation Coalition Source Protection Region, effective January 1, 2015. The plan was developed over several years and is based on technical studies, collaborative policy development, and extensive public consultation. The process was guided by a Source Protection Committee made up representatives from municipalities, business, industry, First Nations, landowners, and other stakeholders. Click here to view the plan and supporting technical studies.
Since our source protection plan was approved by the province, we have been working with local municipalities to develop building, planning and emergency management procedures contained within the plan to ensure the continued safety of all municipal drinking water sources, and working towards the development of a program to continuously inform our local communities about the source protection program and the importance of protecting a good water supply.
In addition, we have entered into an agreement with the Kawartha Lakes to implement the risk management office. This means a Risk Management Official works out of our office to address source protection plan policies and to ensure that risks identified near municipal water supply will be managed appropriately. To learn more, click here.
As work is done to implement the source protection plan, we will track this information from all organizations that are identified as having a part to play in protecting your drinking water supply. Annual reporting on this progress will be made to the Province and we will post these reports as they become available. The first report is due to the Province on May 1, 2018.
How can I help protect our source water?
Everyone can have a role protecting source water. Activities we do on our properties can have in impact on our private water supply, our neighbour’s water supply, or even a community’s water supply. Click on the following links to find out things you can do to help.
The Kawartha-Haliburton Source Protection Authority
Five source protection authorities, each with their own source protection area, operate within the Trent Conservation Coalition. They support the Trent Conservation Coalition Source Protection Committee in its duties, providing technical and scientific support to both the committee and municipalities as required. For the purposes of drinking water source protection planning, the Kawartha-Haliburton Source Protection Area has been enlarged beyond Kawartha Conservation's boundaries to include the headwaters of the Trent River. This includes the Gull and Burnt River watersheds that drain southward to the Kawartha Lakes.
The Kawartha-Haliburton Source Protection Authority Board is comprised of Kawartha Conservation Board Members, who represent the municipalities within the Kawartha Conservation watershed, and representatives of the municipalities comprising Haliburton County. View the agendas and minutes.
The source protection authorities have a role in monitoring and reporting on progress in implementing the source protection plan, and in amending the source protection plan.
Learn more about the Kawartha-Haliburton Source Protection Area and each of the municipal drinking water systems within this area.
Conservation authority partners in the Trent Conservation Coalition
This project is made possible through the support of the Government of Ontario.