What is the Ontario Drinking Water Stewardship Program?
As part of its commitment to safe drinking water and in conjunction with the Clean Water Act, the Ministry of the Environment established the Ontario Drinking Water Stewardship Program, a drinking water support program to help landowners take action to reduce threats to local municipal drinking water sources.
The Ministry of the Environment has completed its second year of funding and is working to launch the Program for 2009-10. Updates to the program and the launch of the funding for 2009-10 will be posted on the Ministry of the Environment's Clean Water Act Website
Who is Eligible for Funding Under the Ontario Drinking Water Stewardship Program (ODWSP)?
Under the ODWSP, funding is available to support landowners who take early actions that protect municipal drinking water sources in two key geographical areas:
The 100-metre radius zone of a designated wellhead protection area (WHPA).
The 200-metre radius surface water intake protection zone (IPZ) of a municipal drinking water source.
ODWSP Progress Report
The Ministry of the Environment has posted a Progress Report on the ODWSP documenting the results of the 2007/08 and 2008/09 funding years. This report lists each of the projects and programs that have been funded and provides a very brief description of them.
Download the ODWSP Progress Report
Education and Outreach Projects
The City of Timmins in partnership with the Mattagami Region Conservation Authority received funding from the Ontario Drinking Water Stewardship Program's Education and Outreach Component.
The funding was used to post 12 new Drinking Water Protection Area Signs and do a mail-out to affected stakeholders in the populated areas of the Intake Protection Zones. This process is to raise awareness of people and businesses in the community regarding where their drinking water comes from and where it is the most vulnerable to human activity.
The Drinking Water Protection Area brochure will provide residents living in working in these protected areas, background information on Intake Protection Zones. The brochure describes the intake protection zones and why it is important to protect these areas and tips on what you can do to protect these vulnerable areas.
Download the Drinking Water Source Protection Brochure
For more detailed information about programs available in the Mattagami Region Source Protection Area, deadlines and application requirements, please contact the Mattagami Region Conservation Authority at 360-2660.