The Regional Municipality Of York

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York Region continues to protect drinking water at the source

Region takes comprehensive approach through training, treatment, monitoring and testing

Newmarket – York Region’s 2017 Source Water Protection Implementation Annual Report provides a snapshot of progress made in protecting municipal drinking water before it reaches your tap.

“One of the ways York Region protects our drinking water sources is by working with farmers and business owners to put risk management plans in place and take steps to mitigate potential risks before they happen,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “We have seen great progress by collaborating with them.”

The 2017 annual report highlights work York Region is carrying out to identify and manage potential threats to drinking water and ensure proposed developments in vulnerable areas undertake careful planning to ensure the safety of our drinking water supply.

York Region’s Source Water Protection Incentive Program continues to play an important role in encouraging businesses to make changes to protect municipal drinking water sources. In 2017, York Region provided more than $43,000 to businesses and farmers to implement required risk management measures as part of its incentive program.

Other 2017 achievements include:

  • Reviewing 279 development planning applications to ensure growth is compatible with drinking water protection
  • Conducting risk management plans and follow-up inspections to ensure ongoing compliance
  • Approving six risk management plans with strong participation by the farming community to protect drinking water

“Another aspect of safeguarding our drinking water sources includes a proactive approach to our policies and practices,” said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Mario Ferri, Chair of Environmental Services. “Our continued collaboration with the Province, local towns and cities and conservation authorities plays an important role in putting these plans in place and to the overall success of this program.”

In 2018, York Region’s Source Water Protection Program will continue reviewing development proposals in vulnerable areas, establish new risk management plans, complete inspections and provide education for sites within vulnerable areas.

Under the Clean Water Act, 2006, municipalities are required to submit annual reports on their source water protection implementation efforts. This is York Region’s sixth annual report, which summarizes information requested by the Source Protection Authorities.

To see if your home, farm, business or land development project is located in or near a vulnerable area, and for ways you can protect drinking water sources, visit

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 51,000 businesses with 600,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at

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Media Contact:
Masrine Guthrie-Peart, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675  ext. 77272 or Cell: 905-251-6416

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