Halton’s water is a safe and important resource for us to enjoy, conserve and protect. As part of the new provincial Clean Water Act, Halton Region is working with residents and businesses to further protect our municipal water sources through programs such as Source Water Protection and the Residential Well Decommissioning Grant.
Source water protection helps safeguard Halton’s municipal drinking water sources (lakes, rivers and underground aquifers) from potential overuse and contamination. Certain activities on land, such as using chemicals, fuels, road salt and agricultural materials, can potentially impact our essential water sources. Halton staff members are working with landowners to help properly manage these types of activities near our municipal sources.
Additionally, Halton’s Residential Well Decommissioning Grant provides landowners with funding to properly close unused water wells (the grant pays 50 per cent of total well decommissioning costs, up to $1,000). By properly closing these wells, landowners can prevent possible groundwater contamination.
You can help protect our groundwater for future generations by:
- identifying whether your property is located near a municipal wellhead protection area or lake-based water treatment plant intake protection zone. If it is, email or dial 311 to reach Halton staff to discuss how we can work together to further protect our water sources;
- testing your well water quality regularly and signing up for our well water testing reminder service;
- conserving water and we can help through one of our water conservation programs;
- ensuring your septic system is functioning properly by having a qualified consultant conduct regular inspections (you can contact your local municipality to learn more);
- disposing of household hazardous waste through Halton’s Household Hazardous Waste Program;
- developing and maintaining plans for oil spills and other hazardous materials (for support in the event of spills, contact Halton’s Spill Response Team by dialing 311); and
- learning more about source water protection plans in Halton Region: Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Region, CTC (Credit Valley, Toronto and Region and Central Lake Ontario) Source Protection Region and Lake Erie Source Protection Region.
Keeping our drinking water safe today and in the future is a shared responsibility. Our community will be hearing more about the importance of our water through Halton’s ReThink Water program that encourages residents to enjoy Halton’s safe, high-quality drinking water, conserve and make water efficiency part of their daily lives; and protect this valuable resource for future generations. Working together we can keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.
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