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  Home / News Releases / ONTARIO GOVERNMENT HELPS COMMUNITIES PROTECT THEIR DRINKING WATER SOURCES  

ONTARIO GOVERNMENT HELPS COMMUNITIES PROTECT THEIR DRINKING WATER SOURCES

 

December 4, 2007

 

Hamilton — The Ontario government is providing financial support to help area farmers, property owners and businesses to take steps now to protect local drinking water sources in Hamilton and Halton, Ted McMeekin, MPP Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale and Sophia Aggelonitis, Hamilton Mountainannounced today.

 

“We have a shared responsibility for protecting drinking water. Our government is making it easier for people who live and work in rural communities to do their part and make early changes that help safeguard local drinking water sources now and into the future,” said McMeekin.

 

“This is a critical commitment to our local rural citizens and businesses so that they can successfully implement measures to ensure the protection of our drinking water,” said Aggelonitis.

 

$72,832 is going directly to local property owners and businesses to assist them with the costs of measures taken in areas around municipal wells and water intakes such as upgrading wells and septic systems, installing runoff and erosion controls; and for reviews aimed at improving how businesses store, handle and dispose of materials. The funding is being delivered to land owners by Hamilton Conservation Authority and Conservation Halton.

 

 

This funding is part of the $7 million the government is flowing through the new Drinking Water Stewardship Program under the Clean Water Act. Ontario’s Clean Water Act, which was passed to protect drinking water sources, is the first such legislation to include a special assistance program for rural communities. An advisory panel including agricultural, municipal and conservation authority representatives provided advice to guide the development and ongoing operation of the Ontario Drinking Water Stewardship Program including the types of activities that should be funded.

 

 

For further information, please contact

Ted McMeekin, MPP  905-690-6552