A plan that has been implemented to protect drinking water sources in Dufferin County will take effect before the new year.
The Source Water Protection Plan covers many Ontario municipalities and is mandated under the Clean Water Act.
The plan covers Credit Valley, Toronto and region, and Central Lake Ontario source protection region.
The region has 27 municipal drinking water systems that serve about 6.7 million people.
Many municipalities, starting December 31st, including Orangeville and parts of Dufferin County, will have to be responsible for several things.
They will now have to create risk management plans to reduce risks to drinking water like road salt, chemical handling and commercial fertilizers.
They will provide the community with information on the best ways to conserve water and how to handle those chemicals.
The municipalities will be continually improving partnerships to protect the Great Lakes.
Locally, landowners planning to build around municipal water supplies will also have to provide additional information about exactly what they will be doing.
Orangeville is introducing some fun branding for the source water protection education campaign with "Walter the Water Drop".
Walter will be a familiar symbol for messages about source water protection and local drinking water threats.