Cornwall ON – Ontario is helping people in the Raisin-South Nation Source Protection Region take action to protect local drinking water.
- Upgrade or decommission wells and septic systems.
- Install runoff and erosion control measures.
- Implement agricultural best management practices.
In the past three years, the Ontario government has supported more than 2,000 projects, including: inspecting and upgrading more than 1,000 septic systems and decommissioning or upgrading more than 480 wells.
These measures prevent water contamination. It also helps protect this valuable resource so Ontario families in the Raisin-South Nation Source Protection Region can continue to have access to safe, high quality drinking water.
This program is an important part of the government’s Open Ontario Plan to make Ontario a leader in water protection and technology.
“We cannot take our abundance of fresh water for granted. Safe, clean drinking water is vital to our well-being and good for Ontario’s economy. That is why we are helping Ontarians take measures to protect the sources of drinking water for our children and grandchildren.”
— John Wilkinson, Minister of the Environment
“We all have a shared responsibility for protecting our drinking water. The work that is being done here in the Raisin-South Nation Source Protection Region will help our community protect drinking water sources for years to come.”
— Jim Brownell, MPP Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry
“We look forward to working with landowners and businesses on projects that will help ensure that there are clean sources of drinking water in this region. This grant funding from the Ontario Drinking Water Stewardship Program will help make that possible.”
— Roger Houde, General Manager, Raisin Region Conservation Authority
- In May 2010, Ontario introduced the Water Opportunities Act to make Ontario North America’s leader in clean water technology
- Protecting source water is the first line of defence in Ontario’s multi-barrier approach to safeguarding drinking water.
- This year, another $7 million will be available through the Ontario Drinking Water Stewardship Program to support hundreds more projects.
- Since 2005, the government has invested more than $175 million to protect drinking water sources.
Find out more about funding for property owners through your local conservation authority.
Learn more about the Clean Water Act and source protection planning.
Get details about past projects.
Learn more about the Water Opportunities Act.