Government of New Brunswick
What is a wellfield protected area?

A wellfield protected area is the area (surface and subsurface) surrounding a water well or wellfield which supplies a public water supply system.

What does this mean?

In a wellfield protected area, there are prohibitions or limitations on chemical storage and land use activities.

Why do we have this program?

To protect municipal groundwater supplies in New Brunswick. The Provincial Government has embarked on a long-term program of WELLFIELD PROTECTION through DESIGNATION. This is a proactive approach to maintaining both the water quality and quantity of municipal groundwater supplies

Currently, there are over 55 municipalities in New Brunswick which utilize approximately 200 production wells as their source of potable water. These wellfield protected areas cover an area of approximately 0.25 percent of the total area of the province, yet serve over 150,000 people (20 percent of the population of New Brunswick) with drinking water.

What is the status of this program?

At the present time the Wellfield Protected Area Designation Order - Clean Water Act, applies to thirty-four municipal wellfield protected areas. The Wellfield Protection program continues to work with all municipalities relying on groundwater to protect their water supplies.


Where do I get more information?

For more information on the Wellfield Protection Program or about wellfield protection and how it relates to this property you can contact the Manager of the Wellfield Protection Program:

Department of Environment and Local Government
Water Planning Section
20 McGloin Street, P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 5H1

Tel: (506)-457-4846  Fax: (506)-457-7823