The municipality supplies drinking water to approximately 650 people in the Village of Westport. There are two municipal wells constructed between 1969 and 2003 which are 34 to 40 metres deep.
Where does the water come from?
The municipal wells draw groundwater from the Nepean Sandstone Aquifer which is well-known for supplying a good volume of quality drinking water.
How is the water treated and distributed?
Chlorination and ultraviolet rays are employed to treat the water. Treated water is then pumped to an elevated storage tank for later use. The Village of Westport drinking water system operators must adhere to the strict requirements for the treatment, testing and distribution of drinking water specified in the Safe Drinking Water Act. The water is consistently in compliance with Ontario Drinking Water Quality Standards.
How is the drinking water source protected?
Ontario’s Clean Water Act was created specifically to protect drinking water at the source rather than simply relying on water treatment to deliver safe, clean water. Because of work completed under the Clean Water Act, the Village of Westport now has a mapped Wellhead Protection Area (WHPA) that is protected through policies in the Mississippi-Rideau Source Protection Plan.