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The village of Vars is located in the eastern portion of the City of Ottawa. Owned and operated by the city of Ottawa, the two wells serve a population of approximately 800. The Vars wellheads are located 1.3km away from the municipal wells that service the village of Limoges. Both systems draw their drinking water supplies from the Vars-Winchester esker aquifer.

Vulnerability Scoring

Four Wellhead Protection Areas (WHPAs) have been delineated representing differnt times of travel to the well: WHPA-A, WHPA-B, WHPA-C and WHPA-D (travel times of "immediate", 2 years, 5 years and 25 years respectively). The WHPAs have been scored from 2 to 10. The vulnerability score is a representative measure of the drinking water source's susceptibility to contamination. Higher scores indicate higher vulnerability.

Land Area by Vulnerability Score (ha)
WHPA-A 3.7 - - - -
WHPA-B 2.7 50.1 0 - -
WHPA-C - 0 61.9 - 16.4
WHPA-D - - 0 157.8 240.9

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
  • Pesticides
  • Salt and Snow
  • Fuel
  • Chemicals

* 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.