In October 2002, the Province of Nova Scotia released A Drinking Water Strategy, a document providing the framework for managing drinking water across the Province. It describes a multi-barrier approach to clean, safe drinking water.

As owners of the water utility, the Canning Village Commission is required to promote groundwater protection to residents living in the wellfield area of the Canning Water Utility, and as environmental stewards, we wanted to share the message of how you can not only protect the source water of the Utility but your own water supply as well.

The first line of defense in the multi-barrier approach is keeping water clean through an effective Source Water Protection Plan (SWPP). In February 2003, the Canning Source Water Protection Committee held a public meeting to share our source water protection plan with residents living in the wellfield of the Canning Water Utility. Canning’s SWPP came into effect in 2007. We would like to remind everyone of the importance of protecting groundwater. We invite you to click on the links below to view and download brochures on the Source Water Protection Plan with general information for residents, as well as the retention of oil tanks on private property.

These brochures offer guidance on steps that homeowners can take. Also please see the Nova Scotia Environment link https://novascotia.ca/nse/water/docs/WaterProtectionPlanSummary.pdf for more information.

If you would like to learn more about the Committee or Source Water Protection in your area, please feel free to contact us.