Drinking Water Threats

Improper storage, handling and application of fertilizer can be a significant threat to water sources.

Improper storage, handling and application of fertilizer can be a significant threat to water sources.

Activities on the land and in the water near municipal wells and surface water intakes may adversely affect our drinking water sources. The Province of Ontario has identified 21 prescribed drinking water threats under the Clean Water Act, 2006.

21 Drinking Water Threats Fact Sheet

The fact sheets below explain the threats to drinking water sources in the Quinte Region and include the policy approach taken by the Source Protection Committee when developing policies to address the threats for the Source Protection Plan.

"What is an Intake Protection Zone?" and "What is a Wellhead Protection Area?" will assist in understanding what activities, in what locations can be a threat to drinking water sources.

Waste oil can pose a significant threat to drinking water sources.

Waste oil can pose a significant threat to drinking water sources.

Quinte Region Threats Fact Sheets:

Agricultural Activities
Airplane De-Icing
Aquaculture
Commercial Fertilizer
Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids
Fuel
Organic Solvents
Pesticides
Road Salt
Sewage
Storage of Snow
Waste

Conserving Water

For more information about threats near specific drinking water systems see the Assessment Report.

Related Links:

RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study
Canadian Water Quality Association
Environment Canada Freshwater Website