The local Drinking Water Source Protection Authorities may have a long wait to hear back from the Ministry of Environment.
Program Supervisor David Ellingwood tells Bayshore Broadcasting News a report was submitted to the MOE at the beginning of August -- and it could be well over a year before they get final approval.
Ellingwood says our region is very complex, and there may be several more discussions with the ministry to answer questions or tweak the design.
Our local authority covers the region from Tobermory to Mount Forest, and includes the watershed areas of the Saugeen Conservation, Grey Sauble Conservation, and Northern Bruce Peninsula Authorities.
The province has set up 19 different source protection areas, and asked them to assess 21 potential threats to drinking water sources.
Ellingwood says they have identified 16 threats in our region -- ranging from agricultural and industrial activities, to residential activities like septic systems or heating oils.
He says the report also identifies ways in which governments and residents can lessen their threats to the drinking sources.
This process began five years ago, and this is the third major document created as part of the program.
Ellingwood says it represents the main document for the program.