Ontario helping rural areas safeguard drinking water
Nov. 13, 2013, ON – Almost 200 municipalities will receive support from the government to help carry out source water protection plans.
These plans, which are developed locally, are a part of Ontario's drinking water safety net that is designed to protect existing and future sources of drinking water.
“Guarding against threats to our drinking water supplies is the purpose of source protection,” said Ontario’s minister of environment Jim Bradley, in a news release. “With the help of our many partners on local source protection committees, we are completing source-to-tap drinking water protection.”
One hundred and eighty-nine municipalities are eligible for grants ranging from $18,000 to $100,000. An additional incentive of up to $15,000 is available to municipalities that work together to implement source protection plans.
In 2000, seven died and more than 2,000 became sick after consuming contaminated drinking water in the Town of Walkerton. This prompted the town to request the government to ensure that drinking water is more protected in rural communities.