The Clean Water Act specifies that Northern municipalities protect their drinking water supplies through a locally-driven, scoped planning process that focuses on specific drinking water threats in specific areas. This is the approach taken for Source Water Protection Planning in the Muskoka River Watershed. The District Municipality of Muskoka is the lead for this process.
A pilot project, funded by the Ministry of the Environment, was carried out for the Muskoka River Watershed to determine what technical work was required to adequately identify and categorize risks to municipal drinking water sources.
The objective of this pilot study was to undertake a staged evaluation of the 9 drinking water systems within the Muskoka River Watershed to determine the methodologies appropriate for defining vulnerable areas and risks to drinking water in a manner appropriate to the geological, hydrogeological, and hydrological environment.
- District Municipality of Muskoka – Muskoka Watershed Pilot Project
- Muskoka Source Water Study – Part 1: Program Design
- Muskoka Source Water Study – Part 2: Vulnerability Assessment for Muskoka Source Protection Planning