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Source Protection Plan, effective July 1, 2016

 Water Services program areas include supply, protection, conservation and wastewater


 What is a Source Protection Plan?

The Source Protection Plan (SPP) is intended to protect municipal wells and surface water intakes from specific activities that could pose a threat to our drinking water. The Ontario government passed the Clean Water Act in 2006 to help protect drinking water at the source as part of its multi-barrier strategy to safeguard human health and the environment. The Clean Water Act established a process for developing local, watershed-based Source Protection Plans. 

For more information on the Clean Water Act and the Source Protection Plan, visit Lake Erie Source Protection Plan website. For policies specific to Waterloo Region, download the Region of Waterloo section of the approved Grand River Source Protection Plan.

Source Protection Plan policies may apply to a property if:

  • Applying for planning approval or a building permit in a source protection area. Some planning approvals and building permit applications may not be permitted as proposed or may require a Risk Management Plan to be negotiated prior to proceeding. To learn more, watch this video series or read about changes to the planning approval and building permit process.
  • Currently undertaking an activity of concern in a source protection area. The property owner does not need to do anything until contacted by the Risk Management Official. Within Waterloo Region, there are many properties which require Risk Management Plans and it will take several years to reach every one. To learn more read the Protecting our water: Source Protection Plan fact sheet.

Use the TAPS online tool to find out if Source Protection Plan policies apply to your property or a property you plan to purchase.

Photos of Source Protection Plan activities


Changes to planning approvals and building permits

Effective July 1, 2016, all planning applications and building permits, including site plan applications, in a vulnerable source protection area require screening for potential drinking water threats and associated Source Protection Plan policies. Use this flowchart to follow the process or watch the video series on understanding the process.

To submit your application you must first find out if Source Protection plan policies apply.

Download or follow instructions below.

  1. Go to TAPS

  2. Click on "I need a document for a building permit or development application"

  3. Enter the property location

  4. Answer questions as prompted

  5. Follow instructions on how to proceed


TAPS Source Water Protection online tool

TAPS is an online tool that can help you to:

  • find out if Source Protection Plan policies apply to a property

  • generate a property report, which provides general information regarding activities that may be prohibited or require risk management measures

  • obtain your Notice of Source Protection Plan Compliance, or determine whether additional requirements are needed

To use TAPS, go to http://taps.regionofwaterloo.ca.


Negotiating a Risk Management Plan

A Risk Management Plan is a legally-binding agreement between you and the Region of Waterloo's Risk Management Official. It is a site-specific negotiated agreement which identifies the best management practices you will use to protect our water supply from the activities occurring on your property. To learn more watch "What is a Risk Management Plan" video or read "Answers to your questions on negotiating a Risk Management Plan".

Risk Management Plan resources


Video series: Understanding the process

 Video 1 of 3: Impacts to developers and builders

Video 2 of 3: Notice of Source Protection Plan Compliance (Section 59 Notice)  

 

Video 3 of 3: What is a Risk Management Plan? 


Definition of terms

  • Clean Water Act (CWA) - the Ontario government passed the Clean Water Act in 2006 to help protect drinking water at the source as part of its multi-barrier strategy to safeguard human health and the environment. The Clean Water Act established a process for developing local, watershed-based Source Protection Plans. The Source Protection Plan is intended to protect municipal wells and surface water intakes from specific activities that may impact drinking water quality.

  • Groundwater aquifer - an underground geological formation that holds useable amounts of water. Most of Waterloo Region's source water for drinking comes from groundwater aquifers.
  • Notice of Source Protection Plan Compliance - is a signed declaration the activities on the property comply with the Source Protection Plan policies. This document is also referred to as a Section 59 notice.
  • Risk Management Plan (RMP) - an agreement between the property representative and the Region of Waterloo's Risk Management Official.  It is a site-specific negotiated agreement which identifies the best management practices to use to protect our water supply from the activities occurring on the property.
  • Risk Management Official (RMO) - RMOs and RMIs are appointed by the municipality that is responsible for implementing local Source Protection Plan Part IV policies. An individual can only become an RMO or RMI upon successful completion of a mandatory training course approved by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.
  • Risk Management Inspector (RMI) - refer to definition for Risk Management Official (RMO).
  • Source Protection Plan (SPP) - a legal document that provides direction to municipalities and property owners on how to protect our drinking water sources.
  • Wellhead Protection Area (WHPA) - is the area of land surrounding a municipal well, which contributes water to the well. Within the WHPA, protective measures are implemented to safeguard the underlying groundwater supply from potential contaminant sources.

Contact the Risk Management Official

Complete this form to:

  • Submit a question to the Source Protection Plan Risk Management Official
  • Request notification when updates made to the Region of Waterloo Source Protection Plan web page
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