The Mattagami Region Conservation Authority and the Mattagami Region Source Protection Committee recently joined forces to install a new and unique drinking water awareness sign at the Mattagami River boat launch. The new sign is designed to raise awareness that the Mattagami River is the source of drinking water for the City of Timmins and we need to protect it.
The new sign is part of a public education awareness initiative under the Drinking Water Source Protection Program.
“The Mattagami River is the heart of our community, where we live, drink and play. This drinking water awareness sign is a great visual to remind us that the Mattagami River is the source of our drinking water and we need to protect it. Let’s keep it clean so you can Enjoy Your Drink,” said Scott Tam, Mattagami Region Source Protection Committee Chair.
Drinking Water Source Protection in Ontario is legislated through the Clean Water Act, 2006 and is part of the multi-barrier approach to ensure safe, clean drinking water for Ontarians, by protecting sources of municipal drinking water such as lakes and rivers. The Drinking Water Source Protection Program was established by the Provincial Government. Locally, this resulted in the development of science-based assessment report and the Mattagami Region Source Protection Plan authored by the Mattagami Region Source Protection Committee.
The sign was made possible through the generous support from Lake Shore Gold Corp. a subsidiary of Pan American Silver and Newmont Porcupine.