Proposed Regulatory Changes to Protect Drinking Water Sources
The MOECC has posted two proposals on the Environmental Registry to enhance the drinking water source protection program.
The first proposal (EBR #013-1839) outlines proposed amendments to Ontario Regulation 287/07 – “General” under the Clean Water Act, 2006. These amendments improve the regulatory framework by formally adding liquid hydrocarbon pipelines to the list of prescribed threats in the regulation, expand the list of minor plan amendments that are permitted, and increase transparency by adding some additional notification and data sharing requirements.
The second regulation proposal (EBR #013-1840) is being made under the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002. The intent of this proposal is to normalize source protection planning within the municipal water management framework when municipalities are considering expanding a drinking water system or building a new drinking water system. The proposed regulation would put in place requirements for municipalities to ensure that certain work under the Clean Water Act is being completed before they can apply for a drinking water works permit.
Comments are to be submitted by February 20, 2018.