Water, it’s the one resource every living thing on our planet depends on to live.
On a tragic day in May 2000, the death of seven people and illness of 2300 others in Walkerton set in motion events which would change the way we viewed the right to safe, clean drinking water.
Led by Justice Dennis O’Connor, a provincial inquiry into the water supply systems in Ontario was launched. The inquiry resulted in two reports along with 121 recommendations. At the forefront of these findings was the recommendation from Justice O’Connor that a multi-barrier approach to preventing contamination of drinking water should be implemented. Drinking Water source Protection Planning is the first barrier in the multi-barrier approach which also includes: water treatment systems, distribution, testing and drinking water.
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