Proposed amendments to Wells Regulation 903
O. Reg. 372/07
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Ontario Water Resources Act
Summary of Decision:
The Ministry has decided to proceed with amendments to Wells Regulation 903, made under the Ontario Water Resources Act, to improve clarity and enforceability of the regulation and build on amendments made to the regulation in 2003.
The regulation containing the proposed amendments was filed with the Registrar of Regulations on July 25, 2007 as O. Reg. 372/07 and will come into force on December 31, 2007.
March 22, 2007
Summary of Proposal:
The proposed amendments to Regulation 903 were developed to address stakeholder concerns and to respond to the recommendations of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario and the Advisory Council on Drinking Water Quality and Testing Standards while considering carefully the safety and financial implications for well owners.
The proposed amendments are as follows:
- create a new class of licence for installing monitoring and sampling equipment in wells and related activities;
- exempt certain low risk activities from licensing requirements;
- provide an additional alternative to mandatory abandonment of wells that produce non-potable water;
- require updated disinfection procedures following alteration and pump installation at new and existing water supply wells; and
- improve the applicability of the regulation and the effectiveness of the regulation by making a set of technical amendments.
This is a partial list. Please refer to the draft regulation for full details.
Ministry of the Environment
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December 31, 2007