What Happens During a PTTW Review?

Posted: November 28, 2014
Category: Groundwater
Tags: Permit to Take Water Review, PTTW Review

If you are planning to access water in the Ontario area, you should be aware of the rules and regulations that the province’s Ministry has set out in order to protect its water resources. The PTTW permit is intended for persons or organizations whose daily water intake, regardless of its use, exceeds 50,000 liters.

There are a number of industries that may need to apply for a PTTW, including those involved in water usage purpose stated below:

  • Construction
  • Dewatering
  • Institutional
  • Recreational
  • Remediation
  • Water supply
  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Agricultural

PTTW: Review Process—before submitting your application

A Permit to Take Water authorizes you to withdraw water from a water source or water sources according to the terms and conditions on the permit. In order to ensure your application is approved in a timely manner, it is important to submit all documentations, letters of approval, along with the PTTW application well in advanced prior to when water taking is intended to start. With a high volume of permit applications to process, as well as the stringent review protocols to follow, applicants are expected to wait until receiving approval before commencing any water taking projects.

  • Remember, it is your responsibility to obtain any other approvals, licenses or permissions that may be required. Let’s take a quick look at some other possible requirements you may need in order for your application to be approved.

o PTTW: Other Approvals

  • Permission from a local conservation authority or the Ministry of Natural Resources to construct a works within a watercourse or floodplain;
  • Approval from the Ministry of the Environment to discharge water to a receiving water body or to the subsurface;
  • Approval from the Ministry of the Environment to supply drinking water.
  • Requirements of municipalities such as planning approvals (e.g., zoning bylaw, official plan amendments) or business licences, etc. where applicable.

PTTW: Review Process—after submitting your application

Once submitted, the permit application is reviewed by Ministry staff, who measure the implications of approving the permit against a number of requirements. Some of these requirements involve determining an appropriate permit duration timeframe, as well as the particulars surrounding a permit’s impact on watershed areas and use, other approved PTTW applicants.

The Ministry also posts PTTW applications on the Environmental Registry as a means of obtaining public concerns, questions and comments when considering permit approval to ensure that the application and its user(s) are complying with the terms and conditions as stated in the Environmental Bill of Rights.

In accordance with the Ministry, municipalities as well as conservation authorities will help to enforce the protocols set out by the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry when permit applications are submitted and reviewed. Particulars include: conservation measures foreseen, sought by the permit-holder, as well as recording daily data relating to the volume of water taken, during the duration of the PTTW.

If you have any questions, concerns or would simply like more information regarding PTTW applications and permits, please visit the Ministry of the Environment information page at www.ene.gov.on.ca.

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