New Well Supply - Tavistock

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Updated December 15, 2022


Oxford County is undertaking a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) Study to explore potential opportunities for a new well supply in the Village of Tavistock. A virtual (online) public consultation centre was held on December 15, 2022, to:

  • provide background about the project;
  • review the list of alternative solutions; and,
  • seek input on the evaluation and the preliminary preferred alternative.

Comments received will be considered and documented in the Environmental Study Report. Please submit your feedback by Wednesday, January 4, 2023.




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About the study

The Village of Tavistock currently receives water services from three wells located within the centre of the Village, near Queen’s Park. The Study will:

  • define needs;
  • identify and evaluate alternative solutions; and,
  • develop a preferred design and location for a new well supply in consultation with adjacent property owners, regulatory agencies, Indigenous communities, the local business community and the public.

The Class EA Study is being planned in accordance with the planning and design process for Schedule C projects as outlined in the Municipal Engineers Association Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Document (2000, as amended 2007, 2011, 2015), which is an approved process under Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act.

Comments received during the study will be considered and documented in the Environmental Study Report.



Have your say

Consultation with the residents and businesses of Tavistock is a key part of the study process. We will be asking for public input at different points throughout the study period. To have your say:

  • CONTACT THE PROJECT TEAM to be added to the study’s mailing list or to provide comments.
    A.R. (Tony) Lotimer, M.Sc., P.Geo., FGC
    Project Manager, Oxford County
    1-800-755-0394, ext. 3126
    alotimer@rogers.com
    David Kielstra, MA, EP, MCIP, RPP
    Environmental Planner, Stantec Consulting Ltd.
    905-381-3247
    David.Kielstra@stantec.com

  • ATTEND A PUBLIC CONSULTATION CENTRE (PCC): PCCs are your opportunity to review information and provide feedback directly to members of the project team. PCC #1 is scheduled for:

    Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 6:00 to 8:00 PM - Completed: please see materials at top and under "Documents" at right.

  • USE THE ONLINE QUESTION & COMMENT CARD: Fill out the online form below to send your feedback or questions to the project team. Please submit your feedback by Wednesday, January 4, 2023.


Updated December 15, 2022


Oxford County is undertaking a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) Study to explore potential opportunities for a new well supply in the Village of Tavistock. A virtual (online) public consultation centre was held on December 15, 2022, to:

  • provide background about the project;
  • review the list of alternative solutions; and,
  • seek input on the evaluation and the preliminary preferred alternative.

Comments received will be considered and documented in the Environmental Study Report. Please submit your feedback by Wednesday, January 4, 2023.




Download the presentation
Watch the video recording


About the study

The Village of Tavistock currently receives water services from three wells located within the centre of the Village, near Queen’s Park. The Study will:

  • define needs;
  • identify and evaluate alternative solutions; and,
  • develop a preferred design and location for a new well supply in consultation with adjacent property owners, regulatory agencies, Indigenous communities, the local business community and the public.

The Class EA Study is being planned in accordance with the planning and design process for Schedule C projects as outlined in the Municipal Engineers Association Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Document (2000, as amended 2007, 2011, 2015), which is an approved process under Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act.

Comments received during the study will be considered and documented in the Environmental Study Report.



Have your say

Consultation with the residents and businesses of Tavistock is a key part of the study process. We will be asking for public input at different points throughout the study period. To have your say:

  • CONTACT THE PROJECT TEAM to be added to the study’s mailing list or to provide comments.
    A.R. (Tony) Lotimer, M.Sc., P.Geo., FGC
    Project Manager, Oxford County
    1-800-755-0394, ext. 3126
    alotimer@rogers.com
    David Kielstra, MA, EP, MCIP, RPP
    Environmental Planner, Stantec Consulting Ltd.
    905-381-3247
    David.Kielstra@stantec.com

  • ATTEND A PUBLIC CONSULTATION CENTRE (PCC): PCCs are your opportunity to review information and provide feedback directly to members of the project team. PCC #1 is scheduled for:

    Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 6:00 to 8:00 PM - Completed: please see materials at top and under "Documents" at right.

  • USE THE ONLINE QUESTION & COMMENT CARD: Fill out the online form below to send your feedback or questions to the project team. Please submit your feedback by Wednesday, January 4, 2023.


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    Hi, Just wondering if water quality is going to be taken into account, not only at the new well but existing wells also. Has consideration been given to a filtration system to remove iron vs sequestering with sodium silicate? Is there a major difference in water quality between existing wells and the proposed new well at the park? Will the new well be able to support the system in the event the tower and existing wells are out of service? I think it’s a great concept for redundancy and resiliency of water supply for the community to locate a source in an alternate location. Matt Bender

    Matt Bender asked 24 days ago

    Thank you for your question. Oxford County is committed to supplying water to residents and businesses that meets or exceeds Ontario Drinking Water Standards. Initial water quality testing has taken place at the three test well sites, and the results show that water quality is similar to that at the existing supply wells. Different methods of water quality treatment, including filtration and sequestering, will be considered as part of the project.

    To evaluate the three test wells' potential, the County and its consultants assessed location, production capability, and water quality. Of the sites assessed, Well 3 provides the greatest supply advantage with similar water quality to the other assessed locations. Whether the new well can support the water system for extended periods in the event that the existing wells and tower have been removed from service has not yet been established. However, the results so far at the preferred new well location are promising.

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