February 26, 2007

Ontario provides $35M for background source water protection studies

PORT HOPE, ONT-The Ontario government is providing $35 million to help conservation authorities and municipalities protect local drinking water sources. Conservation authorities will receive $16.5 million and municipal and conservation authority partnerships will receive $18.5 million in grants. This will help them do the background scientific and technical work needed to support the development of source water protection plans as required by Ontario's Clean Water Act, which received Royal Assent last October. "The work that is being done right now will help reduce the risk of water contamination in the future," said Environment Minister Laurel Broten. "Conservation authorities are already receiving money and more funding is going to municipalities," she added. The Clean Water Act is intended to ensure that communities are able to protect their municipal drinking water supplies through developing collaborative, locally-based, science-based source protection plans.

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