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Walkerton Clean Water Duty of Care

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Councillors take part in course on legal obligations when it comes to drinking water

The Walkerton Clean Water Centre is piloting a new Duty of Care program aimed at providing municipal councilors with a better understanding of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Brockton and Hanover are the first in the Province to take the one day course which will be offered to all municipalities throughout Ontario. 

Councilors from Brockton and Hanover were at the Walkerton Clean Water Centre yesterday attending the Duty of Care course which provides a quick guide for municipal councilor on how to take care of drinking water.

The course provides details about the responsibilities and legal obligations of Councilors when it comes to drinking water as well as information on how Ontario’s drinking water is being protected.

Part of the program is broken into three sections, Councilors duty to follow the Safe Drinking Water Act, the need to informed of how their decisions and policies will impact drinking water operations and the need to be vigilant never take drinking water for granted.

Brockton Mayor Chris Peabody is very pleased with the new course, he says it will provide valuable information, insight and understanding into the Safe Drinking Water Act and the roles and responsibilities that come with it for municipal councilors.

Peabody hopes municipalities across the Province will take advantage of this program and send their councilors to the Walkerton Clean Water Centre‘s Duty of Care program.

By gaining a better understanding of the rules, regulations, responsibilities and risks, municipal councilors will be able to make better informed decisions when it comes to policies, planning, water operations and municipal water reports and inspections.

The course will also aid councilor in future infrastructure planning, emergency planning and source protection planning.
Peabody is very pleased the Walkerton Clean Water Centre allowed Brockton and Hanover to be the first to take the Duty of Care course.

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