The Township of Whitewater Region, in partnership with the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA), is committed to providing clean, safe drinking water to all residents of Beachburg, Cobden and Haley Townsite who are serviced by municipal water. OCWA staff receives ongoing training and have the expertise and certification required to operate all water and wastewater treatment facilities and distribution systems within the Township.
2 – Class II Water Treatment Subsystems
1 – Limited Groundwater System
2 – Class I Water Distribution Subsystems
1 – Elevated Water Storage Reservoir
1 – Surface Water Supply
4 – Groundwater Wells
23 Kilometers of Water Distribution Pipe
1 – Class III Wastewater Treatment Plant
1 – Class II Wastewater Collection System
1 – Sewage Lift Station
6 Kilometers of Wastewater Collection Pipe
The Ontario Clean Water Agency is responsible for the maintenance of the Water Distribution System’s pipes, valves, fire hydrants, and services. Flushing of the water mains and servicing of valves is carried out by experienced, licenced personnel.
Engineering studies of the water treatment plants, as required by the Ministry of The Environment, resulted in the issuance, in 2002, of new Certificates of Approval for the plants. These new Certificates of Approval require the implementation of specified upgrades which will enable the plants to meet more stringent specifications as set out in the new Ontario Drinking Water Regulations.
The Township of Whitewater Region Water Treatment Plants are operated by the Ontario Clean Water Agency in accordance with system classification and legislative requirements. The accepted practices under certification of it’s operators by the Ontario Ministry of The Environment. Operation and in plant testing is done by operators licenced for Water Treatment. All outside analysis is performed by accredited laboratories. Compliance with sampling and analytical requirements is adhered to under Ontario Drinking Water Guidelines, Ministry of Environment Certificates of Approval for the Plants, and the Ontario Drinking Water Protection Regulation.
Under the Ontario Safe Drinking Water Act, the Township is required to prepare and make available annual compliance reports for the water systems. These reports summarize plant flows, chemicals used, test results of sampling required under the Regulation, and any adverse water issues and corrective actions as required by the Regulation. These reports are to be made available by February 28th of the year following the annual reporting period and may be obtained at the Township Office located at 44 Main Street, Cobden.
Financial Plan for the Township of Whitewater Region
Ontario Regulation 453/07 requires all municipalities to complete a Financial Plan for their drinking water systems. The Water Financial Plan for the Township of Whitewater Region was approved by Council on April 18th, 2012.
The Township retained the services of Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. to prepare a water financial plan as part of the five submission requirements for the purposes of obtaining a municipal drinking water license as per the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002. The Financial Plan provides an in-depth analysis of capital and operating needs, a review of current and future demand verse supply and consideration of available funding sources.
WATER & SEWER BILLS
Water & Sewer rates apply.
Water due dates are
March 30 and June 29
September 28 and December 28
A penalty at the rate of 1% shall be assessed on each past-due account on the first day of the month following default after the due date.