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How does Durham Region Protect Municipal Drinking Water?

Durham Region is in the process of defining appropriate measures to implement, manage and/or eliminate the associated risks to the underlying groundwater from existing and potential sources of contamination. The "Next Steps" of the Wellhead Protection Management Program includes the following:

  • Public Consultation and education programs (newsletters, questionnaires and one-on-one Meetings)
  • Detailed contamination source inventories with the assistance of residents and industries located within Wellhead Protection Areas (WHPA)
  • Removal of existing contamination sources located within WHPA
  • Regular meetings with local Municipalities that have communities relying on municipal wells; and with the Health, Works and Planning Departments to review construction activities, drilling programs and deep excavations; waste disposal sites and de-icing activities within WHPA
  • Well decommissioning programs and upgrade of private wells within WHPA
  • Purchasing of lands or easements within WHPA, where the highest risk to contamination exists
  • Placement of Wellhead Protection Area Signs on regional and municipal roads to assist in identifying WHPA
  • Installation of sentry wells and implementation of a Water Quality Monitoring Program to provide early detection of potential contamination
  • Incorporating WHPA into the Regional Official Plan to better manage land within WHPA
  • Determine alternative groundwater sources for communities relying on shallow and/or old wells located in close proximity of surface water
  • Maintain numerical models to ensure that the WHPA are always current

For more information about source water protection in Durham Region, visit: Source water protection.