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Public Meetings on Protecting Sources of Drinking Water

Friday, Oct. 30, 2009

Public Meetings on Protecting Sources of Drinking Water


The Essex Region Source Protection Committee is seeking preliminary consultation on studies being completed as part of the Source Water Protection Planning.  Landowners, businesses, and residents in the "Intake Protection Zones" around municipal drinking water are encouraged to attend and review the following information:

  • Preliminary mapping of Intake Protection Zone areas
  • How runoff from heavy rains may pick up pollutants and affect water quality in local watersheds and near shore waters of Lake St. Clair, the Detroit River, and Lake Erie
  • What land use activities could pose a threat to drinking water sources
  • How to submit comments and be involved 
  • Next steps towards source protection policies

The area of land surrounding a municipal drinking water intake is an Intake Protection Zone, where special care must be taken in the use and handling of chemicals and other potential contaminants.  The science-based Assessment Report generated for the Essex Region Source Protection Area, will identify potential threats to the lakes and rivers which are sources for our municipal drinking water systems.


Public Meetings have been scheduled for each intake protection zone area across the region and include a presentation at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  We want to share proposed dates as well as extend an invitation to participate.  To see maps of the Intake Protection Zone areas please visit


Water Treatment Plant(s)

Date & Time


Lakeshore & Stoney Point

Tuesday November 3rd

3:30p - 8:00p

Rochester Place Golf Course

981-991 County Road 2, Belle River


Thursday November 5th

3:30p - 8:00p

Verdi Club

689 Texas Road, Amherstburg


Tuesday November 10th

3:30p - 8:00p

Riverside Minor

Baseball Association - East Gym

6865 Ontario St., Windsor

Pelee Island

Monday November 16th

1:00p - 3:00p

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 403

1169 West Shore Road, Pelee Island

Union & Colchester

Thursday November 26th

3:30p - 8:00p

Kingsville Golf & Country Club

640 County Road 20 W, Kingsville


Monday November 23rd

3:30p - 8:00p

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 324

27 Erie Street North, Wheatley


These technical studies will be part of the Assessment Report which will be completed in early 2010 as part of the source water protection planning process under the Clean Water Act.  Plans which may include policies regarding land use activities must be completed by 2012. 


Please contact Susanne Tomkins or 519-776-5209 x366 if you have any questions.


Thank you for your on-going interest and assistance with drinking water source protection.