Mattawa's water protection areas now marked with signs
'Drinking Water Protection Zone' alerts residents and visitors to vulnerable areas in municipal water system
Two signs have been posted in Mattawa to mark the entrance to areas that are considered drinking water protection zones.
Dan Finnigan, Mattawa's environmental services manager, said the water protection zones warn people about certain activities, such as pesticide use or storing contaminants.
In total, 15 signs have been installed around the region on roads in Callander, North Bay, South River and Machar to mark the drinking water protection zones in those areas.
Finnigan said people noticed the signs right away.
"No sooner did we put them up and we had residents calling immediately, kind of inquiring and asking about them," he said.
"So it was a real eye-opener to see that people are aware, they're looking and paying attention to what's going on with their drinking water, which is a great response."
A full copy of the plan, and maps of the vulnerable areas, can be found at www.actforcleanwater.ca. Property owners can check to see if their homes fall within a vulnerable area.
With files from Wendy Bird. Edited/packaged by Casey Stranges