residents asked for input on drinking water source protection
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Residents asked for input on drinking water source protection

The Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee is inviting members of the public to provide some input into proposed changes to the source protection plans for the Ausable Bayfield and Maitland Valley areas.

Program Co-Supervisor Donna Clarkson said the Province approved the plan developed by the committee in 2015, but now they’re proposing updates to reflect recent changes.

“We are now entering our public consultation phase for these proposed changes and we are hoping that the public will be interested and come out to some of our open house events and our webinar and so they can learn more about our policies and they can help to protect our sources of water,” said Clarkson.

The committee notes the wellhead protection area for Belgrave is updated to reflect a new water well. There are also minor changes to wellhead protection areas for Wingham, Palmerston, and Auburn. Clarkson explained policies in the plans are revised to reflect new Provincial technical rules and to improve implementation.

“There’s also changes to our snow storage policies. These are to reflect changes in the Provincial regulations and concerns over salt that’s entering our water and there’s also some minor changes to policies for chemical and fuel storage,” she explained.

Clarkson says they’re hosting two open houses. The first is on Wednesday, January 18 from 4:30p.m. till 7 p.m. at the Hot Stove Lounge in the Wescast Community Complex in Wingham. The second is on Wednesday, January 25 from 4:30 p.m. till 7 p.m. in the Board Room at the Central Huron Community Centre Complex in Clinton.

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