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Wellington expresses concern over drinking water study that urges expanded protection of wellheads

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Wellington County officials are expressing concern about possible impacts of a major technical study into protecting Guelph’s drinking water supply.

The townships of Puslinch and Guelph/Eramosa and the Town of Erin “all have considerable area and employment land contained within” the wellhead protection area that has been identified to ensure Guelph has an adequate quantity of water into the future, says a county news release.

“This has been and continues to be a concern for the county and the affected member municipalities,” the release says.

The Guelph/Eramosa Tier 3 Water Budget and Local Area Risk Assessment study began in 2008, and results were released earlier this month.

Wellington County and affected townships didn’t get involved in the Tier 3 study until 2014. That’s when the Grand River Conservation Authority and the City of Guelph informed the county that the wellhead protection area, as it relates to quantity of water supply, would likely extend past the city’s boundaries…

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