Welcome to Active Learning Program for Drinking Water Source Protection
Welcome to this micro website – in development – to share the professionally-developed Active Learning Program, about protecting local drinking water sources, that was prepared between 2006 and 2007 for local community working groups in the Maitland Valley and Ausable Bayfield source protection areas. Participants learned about protecting local municipal drinking water sources between 2008 and 2009.
Local community working groups took part in an active learning program between 2008 and 2009 to find out about their local drinking water sources and to think about and share ways to protect the water that feeds into our municipal well systems and intakes. This micro website is in development to share some of that learning program with you as an opportunity to learn about drinking water sources, to think about and to discuss water, and to help protect it.
We hope the educational activities from this program might be helpful to community groups, individuals at home and work, places of worship, and schools as you consider ways you can be part of the work to reduce risk to our municipal drinking water sources.
For the main website about protecting drinking water sources in the Maitland Valley and Ausable Bayfield source protection areas visit the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Region website.
For information on protecting drinking water sources in highly vulnerable aquifers and significant groundwater recharge areas of the region visit the: keepingwaterclean.ca website.
For more information visit Ontario.ca and sourcewaterinfo.on.ca or talk to the staff of your local drinking water source protection region for more ways to protect drinking water sources. Phone: 519-235-2610 or toll-free: 1-888-286-2610.
When you are in a vulnerable area, this means that activities at your home or work have a greater chance of impacting your local municipal drinking water sources. It is important to implement best management practices (BMPs) and other measures to prevent the risk of pollution of drinking water in this vulnerable area.
Source protection plans for this region have been developed locally and approved by the Province of Ontario. The plans require management of some activities in wellhead protection areas (zones A, B, and C) in this region. Although you are not required to follow policies outside of those zones, we ask you to have regard for policies in the plans for other vulnerable areas and to follow recommended best management practices and reduce risk to drinking water sources.
This professionally-developed learning program follows a community development model and was created for local community working groups in the Maitland Valley and Ausable Bayfield source protection areas. Almost 100 people joined local community working groups in the source protection region in 2008, with more than 75 of those completing a 16-module training component by 2009. There were six local, multi-stakeholder, community-based working groups and a regional municipal sub-committee trained through the program.
Thank you for all you do to protect your local drinking water supply. It is much, much less expensive to protect water than it is to replace a system that gets contaminated. Your work helps to keep drinking water clean – and that’s important for our economy and our health.
Information here is provisional, subject to change, and posted for local information and education purposes. For current information visit Ontario.ca and sourcewaterinfo.on.ca. We would like to acknowledge the support of the Government of Ontario. Such support does not indicate endorsement of the contents of this material.