The Municipality of Trent Lakes has three ‘vulnerable areas’ that require drinking water protection. Two of these features are ‘wellhead protection areas’, located in Alpine Village and Buckhorn Lake Estates, the other vulnerable area is an ‘intake protection zone’ close to the surface water system serving the settlement of Kinmount. Drinking water threats, such as waste, sewage, livestock, snow storage, fuel handling, pesticides, fertilizer and other chemicals, can negatively impact the quality and quantity of drinking water supplies.
If your property is located in any of the vulnerable areas, the source water protection regulations and policies apply to you. This means that activities that you do on your property could have an impact on the local residential water supply. If you are applying for a building permit or planning application, you also need to submit an application for a “Notice to Engage in an Activity in a Vulnerable Area for a Municipal Drinking Water Supply” from Otonabee Conservation (Alpine Village and Buckhorn Estates) or a “Notice to Proceed to Conduct Activity in a Protected Area near a Municipal Water Supply” from Kawartha Conservation (Kinmount). Staff will assess the property and activity being prospered to determine if it will have an impact on the water supply. Any applications determined to require a Risk Management Plan will require further consultation with the Risk Management Official.
For more information or to confirm whether or not your property is in a protected area, please contact your local Risk Management Official.
We are one step closer to implementing the recommendations and policies of the Trent Source Protection Plan. Council adopted an amendment to the Municipality’s Official Plan on December 6th, 2016 establishing new land use policies to ensure that all municipal drinking water sources within the Municipality are protected.