Guelph celebrates 2012 Canada Water Week

Water Services to host open house and tour this Saturday

GUELPH, ON, March 19, 2012 – It’s time to celebrate our most precious resource – water! Today marks the start of Canada Water Week, a week-long celebration of water focused on the theme of ‘Discover Your Water Footprint.’

For Canada Water Week 2012, the City of Guelph’s Water Services division is working with several community partners to offer water events and education initiatives across the city.

“As one of Canada’s largest communities to rely solely on groundwater for its water supply, the protection and conservation of water resources is a great priority,” says Wayne Galliher, Water Conservation Project Manager with Guelph’s Water Services division, adding, “In continuation of our local actions, Water Services is proud to participate in Canada Water Week and to highlight the vital role water plays in our communities, as well as the ongoing need to protect this precious resource for future generations.”

This evening, in partnership with Wellington Water Watchers, a free movie screening of Waterlife: The Story of the Last Great Supply of Fresh Drinking Water on Earth will air from 6 to 8 p.m. at Casey’s Bar & Grill located at 494 Edinburgh Rd. S.

On Thursday, March 22, the world will celebrate World Water Day, a one-day event organized by the United Nations. On this day, Guelph Water Services will launch its first Water Conservation Progress Report to share community conservation successes and future strategies in meeting our long-term water sustainability targets. The online report will be available at guelph.ca/ourstoconserve as of March 22.

Have you ever wanted to know where your water comes from? Well here’s your chance! Water Services will be hosting an open house and tour of the City’s largest water supply facility, located at 29 Waterworks Place, on Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This free, family-friendly event is for residents and those interested in learning more about where Guelph’s drinking water comes from, water issues facing our community, as well as opportunities for reducing your water footprint.

Canada Water Week is organized by The Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, Living Lakes Network Canada, and World Wildlife Fund Canada, and is supported by RBC Blue Water Project. To learn more about your water footprint or to find other events happening locally, visit canadawaterweek.com.

For more information

Wayne Galliher
Water Conservation Project Manager
Water Services
T 519-822-1260 x 2106
wayne.galliher@guelph.ca

Heather Yates
Water Conservation Program Coordinator
Water Services
T 519-822-1260 x 2831
heather.yates@guelph.ca