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Drinking Water Protection Area signs are being posted along roadsides to make people aware of areas where community drinking water is most vulnerable to human activity.

August 21, 2008:

The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority and the Township of Springwater are working in partnership to install 22 Drinking Water Protection Area signs to raise public awareness about drinking water vulnerability.image of road sign

Drinking Water Protection Area signs are being posted along roadsides to make people aware of areas where community drinking water is most vulnerable to human activity. These signs are being installed in the Township of Springwater and the Town of Shelburne as part of the Drinking Water Source Protection Program. This program was established in conjunction with the Clean Water Act, as part of the province’s commitment to safe drinking water.

"We want these signs to remind people that clean drinking water is a valuable resource and that it is sensitive to human impacts. We want to motivate people to protect their drinking water from contamination," says Ryan Post, Hydrogeologist/Source Water Protection Coordinator for the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority.

The signs mark the perimeter of the area where it takes less than 10 years for contaminants spilled on the ground to travel down to the municipal drinking water supply. The signs also alert any responding emergency staff to the possible impact on drinking water in the case of an emergency such as a tanker spill or a house fire. “It is much easier, and far less expensive, to keep our drinking water clean by being careful with what we add to the groundwater than it is to clean up bacterial or chemical contamination after the fact,” says Post.

The signs have the logos of the participating municipality and the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, as well as a phone number to call for more information.

For more information on Drinking Water Protection Area signs, please contact:

Ryan Post,
Hydrogeologist/Source Water Protection Coordinator
705-424-1479, ext. 249
rpost@nvca.on.ca