Source Water Protection

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Source water area

A source water area is the watershed or wellhead contribution zone that contributes all the water used to supply drinking water from the source. The source water area may be a surface water supply or a groundwater supply. The map below shows our seven surface supplies, the Middle Lake Road well field supplying Sydney and area, and three small community wells. To find out more about a particular source, click on a community name to the left.


If you see one of these signs you are in a public water supply source water area.


CBRM Water Facts

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality Water Utility supplies water to a population of 76,270 people, around the clock, 365 days a year.

It is our job to operate, maintain and manage 8 water treatment plants, 8 pumping stations, 720 kilometres of water lines, 2,700 fire hydrants, 28,000 water meters and thousands of valves.

CBRM Water Utility delivers tap water which meets or exceeds some of the highest national safety standards for drinking water in Canada.

Tap water delivers a basic necessity of life.  Tap water also delivers pubilc health, sanitation, fire proteciton, recreation and quality of life.

The CBRM Water Utility is Committed To Quality, and as such provides safe reliable service to all its customers.

Treatment and Pumping
Source of Supply
Gallons Pumped Per Day
Area Served
Total Water Services
Sydney Middle Lake Well Field 3,300,000 Sydney, Coxheath, Westmount, Sydney River, Grand Lake Road, Mira Road 9,000 26,000
Glace Bay MacAskill's Brook Dam 2,200,000 Glace Bay, Dominion, Reserve Mines, Tower Road, Donkin 8,000 21,000
Northside Pottle Lake 3,200,000 North Sydney, Sydney Mines, Northside rural area 6,550 17,600
New Waterford Waterford and Kilkenny Lake 1,500,000 New Waterford, Scotchtown, River Ryan, New Victoria 3,550 9,400
Louisbourg Kelly Lake 250,000 Louisbourg 500 1,100
Birch Grove John Allen Lake 24,000 Birch Grove 110 320
Port Morien Sand Lake 26,000 Port Morien 160 465
Pine Tree Park Well 24,000 Former Radar Base 85 250
Floral Heights Well 5,000 Floral Heights 30 90
Gardiner Mines Well 2,000 Strang Road area 15 45
SYSCO Sydney River Dam 2,500,000 Harbourside Commercial Park 5  
Total   13,031,000   28,005 76,270

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