If you’re taking more than 50,000 litres of water per day from the environment, you’re going to need a Permit to Take Water – it’s the law. Water takings in Ontario are governed by the Ontario Water Resources Act and the Water Taking Regulation (O. Reg. 387/04) under the Act. Sources of water taking include lakes, streams, rivers, ponds, or groundwater to support water uses for agriculture, commercial businesses including golf course irrigation and snowmaking, various industrial uses such as aggregate washing, brewing, and manufacturing, and several other operations.
The Permit to Take Water program was established in the 1960s by the Province of Ontario to ensure the protection, conservation and responsible use and management of Ontario’s water. These permits are controlled and are only issued if the taking of water does not affect existing users or the health of the environment. Applications for water taking are classified according to their anticipated risk to the environment and can be categorized into three types:
As part of the permit, applicants are also required to collect and record the volume of water taken daily and submit these records each year to the Ministry’s online Water Taking and Reporting System.
At Crozier & Associates, we have developed an efficient system for recording and reporting these records to the Ministry, which has been met with great success – particularly in the golf course industry. This year alone, we have successfully secured 10-year permits for three of our golf course clients – the longest duration permit offered by the Ministry.
If you think your operation may need a permit, our team of water resource experts can help you navigate the Ontario Water Resources Act, and more.
Give us a call at any of our Collingwood, Milton or Toronto offices – we would love to help you develop your business.