The Ontario government passed the Clean Water Act in 2006 to implement some of the recommendations of the Walkerton Inquiry.
The Clean Water Act ensures communities protect their drinking water supplies through prevention - by developing collaborative, watershed-based source protection plans that are locally driven and based on science.
The Act established source protection areas and source protection regions. It also created a local multi-stakeholder source protection committee for each area. These committees identify significant existing and future risks to their municipal drinking water sources and develop plans to address these risks.
The Ontario government paid the entire cost of developing source protection plans.
These are links to the website of the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. The documents on these pages are used to develop source protection plans.