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1.4.2

Integrate the Provincial Water Protection Strategy & Regional Source Protection Plan to minimize the risk of historic, existing and future land uses on municipal water supplies.

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Final update (September 2014)
The Clean Water Act requires municipalities and conservation authorities to develop a source protection plan to protect municipal drinking water supply sources.  The Region of Waterloo opted to take the lead in the development of policies for the Region building on our existing Water Resources Protection Strategy.  Following the initial year of Plan implementation, full integration (staffing and capital budgets) of the two programs will have been completed.

A report was presented to Regional Council in August 2012 approving final draft policies sent to the Source Protection Committee for inclusion in the Plan including cost implications and staffing requirements and updated implementation costs were included in the Approved 2013 Water Capital Budget.  Development of the Risk Management Official and Inspector processes to implement the plan are on-going with a report to Regional Council in August 2014 delegating responsibility for designating Official/Inspectors. Comments on the Proposed Plan were received from the Ministry of the Environment on August 2014.  Approval of the Proposed Plan by MOE anticipated to be delayed till end of 2015. The Region initiated a review of the Regional Water Resources Protection plan process, scheduled for September 2014.

Progress Update (September 2013)

The Clean Water Act requires municipalities and conservation authorities to develop a source protection plan to protect municipal drinking water supply sources. The Grand River Conservation Authority has the primary responsibility for assembling the Plan on behalf of the independent Source Protection Committee who is responsible for submitting the Plan to the province for approval, which is required by December 31, 2012. The Region of Waterloo has opted to take the lead in the development of policies for the Region to be included in the Plan building on our existing Water Resources Protection Strategy. Following the initial year of Plan implementation, full integration (staffing and capital budgets) of the two programs will have been completed.

A report was presented to Regional Council in August 2012 approving final draft policies that are to be sent to the Source Protection Committee for inclusion in the Plan, further consultation, and cost implications including staffing requirements. Updated implementation costs were included in the Approved 2013 Water Capital Budget. Staff hiring is to commence fall 2013. Development of the Risk Management Official and Inspector processes to implement the plan are on-going. Waiting for Ministry of the Environment comments on and approval of Proposed Plan which is anticipated in 2014.

Progress Update (January 2013)

The Clean Water Act requires Ontario municipalities and conservation authorities to develop a source protection plan to protect municipal drinking water supply sources. 

The Grand River Conservation Authority has the primary responsibility for assembling the plan on behalf of the independent Source Protection Committee who is responsible for submitting the plan to the province for approval by December 31, 2012. 

The Region of Waterloo is taking the lead in developing the policies for Waterloo Region. The policies will be included in the plan and will build on our existing Water Resources Protection Strategy.  Following the first year of plan implementation, full integration (staffing and capital budgets) of the two programs will be complete.

Approaches and draft policies were presented to Regional Council in September 2011 and January 2012.  A report was presented to Regional Council in August 2012 approving final draft policies. The policies are to be sent to the Source Protection Committee for inclusion in the plan and for further consultation.  The cost implications including staffing requirements will also be presented to the committee. 

The greatest impact of the proposed plan is the development of the Risk Management Official and Inspector positions that are required to implement the plan.

Progress Indicators

  •  Development and implementation of Source Protection Plan

Related Links

 

greenindicator   Strong progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (PDF)
yellowindicator   Moderate progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (RTF)
redindicator   Progress needed   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (Flash)