Public NoticePursuant to the Clean Water Act, 2006 s.34 (3) and O.Reg. 287 s.48 (2)(a)

Consultation on Source Protection Plan Amendments including:
Village of Ripley Well Supply – two new municipal wells, wellhead protection area
Point Clark – new municipal well, adjustment to existing wellhead protection area
More details including maps can be found at:Consultation 2017 webpage

Source Protection Plan

The Source Protection Plan for the Saugeen, Grey Sauble, Northern Bruce Peninsula Source Protection Plan including amendments is now effective. Visit the following links for each set of documents:
Source Protection Plan
Assessment Reports

Drinking Water Protection Zone Signs

Road signs are starting to go up around the province of Ontario notifying people that they are entering a Drinking Water Protection Zone.
Road Sign

  • They are appearing across this Source Protection Region to raise awareness about our drinking water sources and to protect our health.
  • Governments at the provincial and local level are placing signs where a pollution spill could have a significant negative impact on our drinking water.
  • The signs are part of Ontario’s Source Water Protection program under the Clean Water Act, which empowers communities to better protect their local water sources.
  • Placement of the signs alerts first responders of the need to quickly inform the appropriate authorities so action can be taken to help keep contaminants out of the public water treatment and distribution system.
  • Road Signs Factsheet

    The Source Protection Plan comes into effect on July 1, 2016. These road signs help to create awareness that there is a program in place to protect municipal sources of drinking water. Landowners in Wellhead Protection Areas (WHPA), Intake Protection Zones(IPZ) and Events-based areas (EBA) may be impacted by policies in the Source Protection Plan if certain activities under specific circumstances are taking place on their property. To review the Source Protection Plan visit the Source Protection Plan page.

    Why Protect Sources of Drinking Water?

  • to protect public health
  • to avoid the cost and need to clean up contaminated water
  • to reduce the cost of water treatment
  • to eliminate the need to search for new drinking water sources when existing ones become contaminated or depleted
  • to ensure a long-term supply of clean water


    Source Protection Tips
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    To view Maps and Vulnerability scores for Wellhead Protection Areas (WHPA) and Intake Protection Zones (IPZ) in this Source Protection Region click Mapping Tool or on the compass below.


    Events-based Area Public Consultation
    January 12 - March 7th, 2016

    Draft Events-based area Policies and Maps for Great Lakes Intakes in this Region are now available for review and comment. Please follow this link to learn more about events-based areas in the Saugeen, Grey Sauble, Northern Bruce Peninsula Source Protection Region.

    If you wish to comment on these draft policies, please do so by email to: or mail to: Drinking Water Source Protection, 237897 Inglis Falls Road, RR4, Owen Sound ON N4K 5N6. Comments must be received no later than February 29, 2016.

    Amendments to the Source Protection Plan are Available for Public Review and Consultation until March 7, 2016 at this Planning Link or select the Planning tab at top of any page on this site. Chapter 6 contains all policies - there are amendments to these threats in particular:
    #14 Storage of Snow
    #15 The Handling and Storage of Fuel
    #19 Water Quantity



    The Source Protection Plan for the Saugeen, Grey Sauble, Northern Bruce Peninsula Source Protection Region was approved by Hon. Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change on October 16, 2015. Revised Assessment Reports were also approved by the Director on October 15, 2015. For more information please refer to the press release posted on the province’s newsroom web pageApproved Source Protection Plan and Assessment Reports are posted on this website. The policies will become effective July 1, 2016.  

    The Source Protection Plan and Assessment Report Approval Environmental Registry Posting #012-5375, October 21, 2015.

    Source Protection Plan Approval - Questions and Answers

    Amended Source Protection Plan - Questions and Answers

    Water is critical to all aspects of our lives and it is important that we ensure there is a safe and reliable source of water for all our uses - now and in the future. Drinking Water Source Protection is a resource planning process that aims to keep sources of drinking water safe and usable.

    The Clean Water Act, 2006, came into effect in July 2007 and requires Source Protection Plans to be developed for watersheds in Ontario. Regulations also set out requirements for the Source Protection Committee and give timelines for the preparation of the terms of reference and Assessment Report. Links to the Clean Water Act and regulations are on the E-laws website.

    The Source Protection Committee is overseeing the process of developing a Terms of Reference, Assessment Report and Source Protection Plan. Technical work is ongoing by a team of Source Protection staff and consultants.

    Local Source Protection Committee Mission Statement:
    Providing leadership to engage the entire community in developing comprehensive, responsible solutions to protect our water resources.

    Guiding Principles:
    We value:
    - Comprehensive, science-based research
    - Recognizing and engaging all members of the community as valued stakeholders
    - Informed decision-making through communication, education and responsiveness to community enquiries
    - Being open and transparent
    - Sustainable and long-term decision making

    Map of Source Protection Areas

    The Saugeen, Grey Sauble, Northern Bruce Peninsula Source Protection Region is comprised of three Source Protection Areas (SPA): Saugeen Valley SPA; Grey Sauble SPA; and Northern Bruce Peninsula SPA.

    Visit the new Source Water Protection Map now available on Ontario.caThis interactive map provides the first provincial view of the more than 970 wellhead protection areas and 150 intake protection zones within the source protection areas in Ontario.  

    Local Assessment Reports have been Approved
    The text and maps from the Approved Assesssment Reports were approved by the Director, Source Protection Programs Branch, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change on October 15, 2015.

    You can view all the Report chapters and the related maps. Visit the Reports page.

    Municipal Implementation
    The next stage of the Source Protection Planning process is the implementation of Source Protection Plans. Municipalities will be responsible for policies that use Part IV of the Clean Water Act. Duties include establishing or making arrangements for: a Risk Management office, Risk Management Official, Risk Management Inspector, risk management plans, dealing with prohibition policies and regulated activities. The extent of the duties are based on the number of significant drinking water threats in their municipality and the policies contained in the local Source Protection Plan. The Municipal link at top of page contains a guide with modules, templates and other useful items to facilitate implementation.



    The next Source Protection Committee meeting will be held Friday, February 3, 2017 from 9:00 am-12:00 noon at Grey Sauble Conservation in Owen Sound. It is open to the public.



    The Source Protection Plan is now in effect


    Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change Minister's Annual Report on Drinking Water


    Rapport annuel du ministre sur l’eau potable de 2016

    Q and A about the Source Protection Plan


    Past news items Here


    Risk Management Office

    Municipal Guide and Template Resources

    Risk Management Officials and Inspectors Factsheet


    Bruce and Grey County Area Hazardous Waste Day Calendars 2017



    DNAPL Factsheet

    Walkerton Driving Tour

    Agriculture Fact Sheets


    Fun, games, puzzles Check it out


    Approved Terms of Reference available for Download


    Phone: 519-470-3000

    Toll-Free: 1-877-470-3001

    The general email is

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