Essex Region Source Protection Area - Source Protection Plan

Fuel Policies Updated

All policies in the Essex Region Source Protection Plan related to the handling and storage of fuel have been updated to clarify the intent to address all types of fuel and not just those containing 2% benzene or more.

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Source Protection Plan Approved

The Essex Region Source Protection Plan was approved by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change on April 15, 2015. The Plan takes effect on October 1st, 2015. This plan serves to help protect the sources of municipal drinking water in the Essex Region Source Protection Area.

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What Is Source Protection & Who Does It Involve?

The Clean Water Act, 2006 was passed by the Ontario legislature to assist communities with protecting their sources of municipal drinking water. Through source protection planning, communities have identified potential risks to local water quality and have created a plan to reduce or eliminate these risks. The plan contains policies which use a variety of tools such as education and outreach, risk management plans, prohibition, land use planning in order to ensure that the identified potential risks are managed in a way that protects our drinking water.

The task of developing a plan involved a local Source Protection Committee made up of residents representing industry, business, landowners, municipalities and other stakeholders. The SPC worked with municipalities, the conservation authority, landowners, agriculture, industry, and others while overseeing the process of developing the Source Protection Plan.

We all have a role to play in caring for our water. If we want clean water tomorrow, we need to protect our sources of water today.

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Approved Assessment Report