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New Road Signs Help to Protect Municipal Drinking Water Sources

Drinking Water Protection Zone Sign

Keep your eyes open for the new Drinking Water Protection Zone road signs now up in the Quinte Region. The new signs are appearing across Ontario to raise awareness about protecting drinking water sources and public health.

The signs identify zones along frequently travelled roads where pollution spills could have a significant impact on our municipal drinking water sources. They are part of Ontario’s Source Water Protection Program under the Clean Water Act, which empowers communities to better protect their local water sources.

About 800 of the new road signs will be installed across the province with 33 of those in the Quinte Region; 24 on municipal roads and nine on provincial highways. Look for the signs in these local municipalities: Belleville, Prince Edward County, Marmora and Lake, Centre Hastings, Madoc Township, Tweed, Deseronto and Greater Napanee.

“The signs mark sections of road where accidental spills could travel quickly to a public drinking water source and contaminate it,” says Keith Taylor, Source Water Protection Project Manager at Quinte Conservation.

“In the event of a spill, emergency responders can notify Ontario’s Spills Action Centre so quick action will protect the public drinking water source and public health.”

Quinte Conservation assisted municipalities to identify precise locations for the new signs and facilitated a bulk order this spring. Municipalities installed signs on municipal roads using provincial funding. The province is installing the signs on provincial roads and highways. The first Drinking Water Protection Zone road sign in the province was installed on Lennox and Addington Road 2 in the Town of Greater Napanee last November.

The road signs are called for in the Quinte Region Source Protection Plan. Local municipalities are working with Quinte Conservation to implement policies in the Plan since it came into effect in January, 2015. The Plan, developed under Ontario’s Clean Water Act, directs local efforts to protect and keep the sources of municipal water clean and plentiful. One of the 63 policies in the Plan calls for the new road signs.

The initiative to protect sources of municipal drinking water is directed and funded by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change under the Clean Water Act. Quinte Conservation provided local technical, communications and administrative support for the planning process and supports local municipalities as policies are implemented. More information about drinking water source protection is available at QuinteSourceWater.ca.

Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency. It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. It provides cost-effective environmental expertise and leadership. Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony.

For more information:
Keith Taylor
Keith Taylor
Source Water Protection Manager
(613) 968-3434 ext. 114
(613) 354-3312 ext. 114

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