Source Water Protection
The Clean Water Act outlines a process to develop a source protection plan for the Long Point Region watershed. This work is guided by the Lake Erie Region Source Protection Committee and involves municipalities, farmers, businesses, industry, and residents.
Drinking Water Source Protection allows for the identification of risks to municipal water quality and water supplies, and the creation of a plan to reduce those risks. Source Protection Plans determine areas that are vulnerable, identify potential threats, and develop plans to deal with the threats to municipal drinking water sources.
The Municipality of Bayham, Haldimand, Norfolk, and Oxford Counties manage eleven municipal drinking water systems that are sourced by waters from within the Long Point Region Source Protection Area. Seven of these systems draw water from groundwater sources; one system is supplied by both groundwater and surface water; and, three systems are supplied by intakes in Lake Erie.
To learn more about drinking water source protection in the Long Point Region watershed, visit Drinking Water Source Protection.