We all want safe, clean water for our community. Protecting our drinking water sources is the first step! The Drinking Water Protection Zone road signs identifies areas around the municipal river intake pipe where human activities could impact the drinking water source.
The road signs inform emergency responders of the need to alert appropriate authorities in the event of an accidental spill, and promote public awareness on the importance of protecting local municipal drinking water sources.
In the event of an accidental spill within a Drinking Water Protection Zone, emergency responders can:
- notify the local drinking water treatment plant operator*
- notify the Spills Action Centre at 1-800-268-6060
- contain the accidental spill so clean up and remediation can occur
*The water treatment plant operator can shut off of the raw water supply before contaminants
(that can pose a danger to public health) enter the public water treatment and distribution system.
Twelve signs were installed around Timmins to increase public awareness, as well as educate landowners on vulnerable drinking water areas and possible threats to our drinking water. Under Ontario’s Clean Water Act, 2006, Source Protection Plans were created by local committees to protect public water sources.
The Mattagami Region Source Plan took effect on October 1, 2014. The Drinking Water Protection Zone signs were re-installed using the provincial standard signage in July 2019.
To find out more information about what these signs mean, please view our Fact Sheet (pdf).