Ontario: Updates Rules for Drinking Water Systems

The Ontario government has updated two aspects of its drinking water legislation. The first was new rules, under the province’s Safe Drinking Water Act, governing new and existing residential drinking water systems in source protection areas. The regulation will require drinking water system owners to take certain steps in order to protect drinking water sources before applying for a work permit. The regulation will come into effect on July 1, 2018. Key requirements include, among other things, a requirement to ensure vulnerable areas around new and expanding drinking water systems are identified and mapped.

Access details at: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r18205

The second was changes to the Clean Water Act to require, among other things, that a source protection authority identify the necessary updates to a SPP to ensure sources of drinking water are protected when municipalities add new or alter their existing drinking water systems. In addition, the amendments add liquid hydrocarbon pipelines to the list of prescribed drinking water threats. The Regulation comes into force on the later of July 1, 2018 and the day it is filed.

Access further details at: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r18206

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