The town of Hawkesbury is situated on the shores of the Ottawa River, about 75 kilometres east of the city of Ottawa and across the river from the province of Québec. The Hawkesbury Water Treatment Plant is owned and operated by the Town of Hawkesbury and is located at 670 Main St. West. The intake is located 40 m from shore, at a depth of approximately 4.5 m, below the normal water level of the Ottawa River. This municipal drinking water system provides drinking water to approximately 14,154 residents and along with Hawkesbury also services the communities of L'Orignal, Vankleek Hill and Laurentian Park.
The vulnerability score is a representative measure of the drinking water source's susceptibility to contamination due to the nearby physical landscape (ratio of land to water in the area, land cover, soil type, and hydrological and hydrogeological conditions in the area) and the physical conditions at the intake (depth of the intake, distance from land, past drinking water issues).
Higher values indicate a higher level of concern for contamination. Intake Protection Zones (IPZs) are the areas where policies may apply to protect drinking water sources. IPZ-1 is the zone immediately near the intake. IPZ-2 is an area based on the response time required to react to a reported spill.
Source Protection Policies
The following activities if occurring in a vulnerable area near the drinking water source could be a significant drinking water threat*:
- Waste Disposal Sites
- Sewage Works
- Agricultural Activities
- Salt and Snow
* Please consult the Source Protection Authority or the Risk Management Official to determine the exact circumstances, and locations where source protection policies apply near this drinking water source.