Mattawa's water protection areas now marked with signs

Two signs have been posted in Mattawa to mark the entrance to areas that are considered drinking water protection zones.

'Drinking Water Protection Zone' alerts residents and visitors to vulnerable areas in municipal water system

Dan Finnigan, environmental services manager for Mattawa, says the signs were posted and immediately people began calling the city for more information. (North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority)

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.

"We need to ensure that the wells that provide Mattawa with our municipal drinking water are protected. It's important for the health of our community," Finnigan said, "these signs let residents, visitors and contractors coming into town know where the vulnerable areas are so that in the event of a spill in this area, we can act quickly to protect our drinking water."
In the event of a spill, it is important to be able to track if there is any risk to municipal water sources. The signs will serve as an easy marker to vulnerable areas. (North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority)

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 Property owners can check to see if their homes fall within a vulnerable area.

With files from Wendy Bird. Edited/packaged by Casey Stranges


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