The City of Timmins and the Mattagami Region Conservation Authority joined forces to install twelve new provincially standard ‘drinking water protection zone’ road signs in designated protection zones within the City of Timmins.
The new signage is part of a public education awareness initiative, to alert residents that their actions in these zones can impact the municipal drinking water source – the Mattagami River.
Signs installed on Riverside Drive and Feldman Road, mark locations where roads enter into Intake Protection Zone 1 — the area considered most vulnerable to contamination, as it is the closest to the river intake at the Timmins Water Filtration Plant. Norman Street, Shirley Street, Dalton Road, Garden Road, Wallingford Road, Jaguar Drive, Highway 101 West and Government Road North mark locations where roads enter into Intake Protection Zone 2, a secondary protective zone that extends upstream of Intake Protection Zone 1.
The Intake Protection Zones were determined through scientific and technical studies. The result is a thorough understanding of the drinking water source including mapping of the zones. Next, a local plan to protect our drinking water source was developed.
The Mattagami Region Source Protection Plan sets out special measures that need to be in place in these zones to ensure the long-term protection of the drinking water source. We encourage you to visit the Drinking Water Protection Zone Signs page to find out more information about what these signs mean.