Ontario will immediately make available $4 million to farmers, rural property owners and small/medium sized businesses located within a 100 metre radius of a municipal well head and/or a 200 metre radius of a municipal surface water intake for the following purposes:

  • decommissioning abandoned wells and upgrading existing drinking water wells
  • repairing, upgrading or replacing faulty or malfunctioning septic systems
  • constructing and/or restoring buffer strips and riparian zones to protect municipal drinking water sources from run-off contamination and soil erosion
  • pollution prevention reviews of small and medium sized businesses that manufacture, handle, store and dispose materials to identify threats to sources of municipal drinking and how they can be reduced or eliminated
  • land conservation measures to protect municipal well head and water intake areas [December 3rd News Release]

An additional $21 million will also be invested over the next three years to allow for outreach, education and early action to protect drinking water sources across the province.  http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/en/news/2007/120301.php