Source Water Protection Program

Guelph-specific source water protection policies were presented and endorsed by Council on February 4, 2013. These policies were rolled up into the Grand River Source Protection Plan which forms part of the Lake Erie Region Source Protection Plan. The Lake Erie Region Source Protection Plan is now awaiting approval by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change developed a list of prescribed drinking water threats. A significant drinking water threat requires action to reduce the risk of impact to drinking water sources. Significant drinking water threats were identified in the Grand River Assessment Report (see below), and the Grand River Source Protection Plan was then prepared to address those threats through a variety of municipal policies.The Guelph-specific policies in the submitted Plan address 19 of the 21 prescribed drinking water threats, specifically those related to water quality threats. The two remaining threats are water quantity threats and will be addressed once additional water quantity studies have been completed in late 2013.

Details of the guiding principles and the development of the Guelph-specific policies are provided in the Source Water Protection – Council Report – February 4, 2013 below.

The Guelph-specific policies, which form Chapter 7 of the Grand River Source Protection Plan, are provided in full below. Each policy applies to an existing or future drinking water threat and either manages the risk associated with the activity, or prohibits the activity in the future.

City of Guelph documents

Grand River source protection documents

Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference outlines the steps to be taken to develop and implement a Source Protection Plan. It sets out the roles and responsibilities of the various parties involved such as municipalities, Conservation Authorities, and the Ministry of the Environment.  It also includes all of the municipal water supply sources that will be protected by the Grand River Source Protection Plan during the first planning phase of implementation.

Assessment Report

The Assessment Report is a science-based document that describes the study area, and identifies the vulnerable areas, including existing municipal water supply sources, areas where aquifers are being recharged, aquifers that are vulnerable to contamination, and the significant threats to our municipal drinking water.

Source Protection Plan

The Grand River Source Protection Plan establishes the policies and programs for how significant drinking water threats will be managed. It identifies the approach to policy development and who is responsible for taking action (the implementing body), sets timelines, and describes how progress will be measured. The policies for the City of Guelph have been submitted in the proposed Source Protection Plan, to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change for review and approval.

Explanatory Document

The Explanatory Document was provided along with the Source Protection Plan. This document provides the reader with the background and rationale for selecting specific policy approaches to address the drinking water threats.

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Source Water Protection Program
519-822-1260 extension 3320
sourcewater@guelph.ca

The Lake Erie Region Source Protection Committee worked with the municipalities within the region to assemble the policies which formed the Grand River Source Protection Plan, part of the Lake Erie Region Source Protection Plan. The City’s policies, as endorsed by Council on February 4, 2013, were submitted by the Committee for inclusion in the Grand River Source Protection Plan.The Lake Erie Region Source Protection Committee was required to complete a formal consultation period to allow for public input on the Source Protection Plan. City of Guelph policies included in the proposed Source Protection Plan were released by the Committee for public review and comment from December 10, 2012 through January 16, 2013.

Previous public review and comment opportunities

The City of Guelph and the Lake Erie Source Protection Committee held numerous public meetings and open houses for residents, businesses and organizations in order to provide information about, and receive feedback on the Grand River Source Protection Plan as it was developed.

Information sessions for the Grand River Assessment Report were held on May 26, June 3, and September 14, 2010.

An information session about the City’s draft policies for source protection was held on November 16, 2011.

The Lake Erie Source Protection Committee also held consultation sessions on the draft Source Protection Plan in September and October of 2012 throughout the Grand River Watershed. One of these meetings was held in Guelph on September 18, 2012.

For more information about the Source Water Protection Program, visit guelph.ca/sourcewater.