Recently the Source Protection Plan Committee announced approval from the Ministry of the Environment to implement directives mandated by the province for the purposes of identifying, managing and mitigating threats to Sault Ste. Marie’s drinking water sources. So what are the risks to drinking water in SSM? And who is going to make sure that it’s safe to drink?
“The Source Water Protection Plan is the first within a multi-layer approach intended to reduce the risk of contaminating our groundwater. So the Source is preemptive in nature,” remarked Tonazzo. “Much of it is about managing land uses and land use activities in an attempt to reduce the risk of contaminating the groundwater before it even gets into the drinking water system.”