Drinking Water Protection Zone road signs are now up in the Quinte Region! The signs are appearing across Ontario to raise awareness about protecting drinking water sources and public health.
The signs identify zones along frequently traveled roads where accidental pollution spills could travel quickly to a public drinking water source and contaminate it. During an accidental spill emergency the signs alert emergency responders of the need to protect the public drinking water source. They also help to create public awareness of the importance of protecting drinking water sources.
Twenty-four of the new signs have been installed on Quinte’s municipal roads. Look for the signs in these local municipalities: Belleville, Prince Edward County, Marmora and Lake, Centre Hastings, Madoc Township, Tweed, Deseronto and Greater Napanee. Nine more signs will be installed soon by the province on area provincial roads and highways.
Quinte Conservation assisted municipalities to identify the precise locations for the new signs and facilitated a bulk order in spring 2016. Municipalities erected the signs using provincial funding.
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 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.
Drinking Water Protection Zone road signs 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.