Niagara Drinking Water Source Protection

Ensuring safe drinking water is important to the health and well-being of our communities.

We all need and deserve safe drinking water and, in this regard, it is in everyone’s interest to ensure that our drinking water is safe and secure. But what is the best way to keep our water safe now and in the future?

The Clean Water Act received Royal Assent on October 19, 2006. The Act ensures communities are able to protect their municipal drinking water supplies through developing collaborative, locally driven, science-based protection plans. Communities will identify potential risks to local water sources and take action to reduce or eliminate these risks. Municipalities, conservation authorities, property owners, farmers, industry, community groups and the public will all work together to meet common goals.

What Matters Most.
it at the Source.


February 2017
Committee Vacancy: Chair
The Source Protection Committee is actively recruiting for the Chair position. Applications are due by February 28, 2017.

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March 2016
Have you seen the new Drinking Water Protection Zone signs on Highway 406?  They are a joint collaboration between the Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, NPCA, and the Source Protection Committee.

Learn More

April 7, 2016
Are you interested in joining the Source Protection Committee (SPC)!  Please see the link to our SPC webpages.

Read up on the SPC recruitment process and how to apply


Source Protection
Planning Process

The Clean Water Act (CWA) sets out a four stage process for Source Water Protection (also known as simply Source Protection). Ratified by the Ontario Government in 2006, the CWA was fashioned to ensure safe drinking water for Ontario residents from ‘source to tap’.

The Four Stage Process


Initial Start-up Phase

Stage one was the initial phase of the process and involved establishing Source Protection Areas, Source Protection Authorities (SPAs), and local source protection committees throughout the province.

Learn more about the Niagara Peninsula SPC

Learn more about the Terms of Reference (TOR)


Preparation of the Assessment Report

Stage Two of the Source Protection Planning process involves the preparation of the Assessment Report (AR). The AR looks at the watershed in its entirety and seeks to understand surface and ground water characteristics and which vulnerable areas need protection.

View the Approved Assessment Report


Preparation of the Source Protection Plan

Stage Three of the Source Protection Planning process is the development of the Source Protection Plan (SPP) following approval of the AR by the MOE. The SPP builds on information from the Assessment Report, setting out policies and risk management strategies to address any significant threats to the municipal drinking water supply.

View the Approved Source Protection Plan (SPP)


Implementation of the Source Protection Plan

Stage Four is the final stage of the Source Protection Planning process and involves implementing the policies in the Source Protection Plan to address significant drinking water threats.

Learn more about the SPP Policy Implementation