Wellington Water Watchers has become known as community educator through visits to almost every school in Wellington County presenting on the importance of water conservation. We are continually requested as speakers or panel debate members at events around our community including at the University of Guelph. We are often called on by the media for our input – media at municipal, provincial and federal levels. We have hosted many educational events within our county sponsoring renowned guest speakers on a wide range of topics related to water protection.
In order for people to feel connected to our water sources, we need to engage our community in regular and fun celebrations of gratitude to our waters. The Wellington Water Watchers annually hosts the Two Rivers Festival Celebration event at the boathouse. We also partner with the City of Guelph to host the annual H2O GO Festival on World Water Day and annually host H2Awesome, engaging our youth in a celebration and learning of water. We were also the initial motivators behind the idea of serving free tap water at events around the County, including Hillside Festival and most recently at Riverfest Elora.
As watchdogs of our precious groundwater, we keep a close ear to the ground for any potential threats, and ensure there is a voice for source water protection. The Wellington Water Watchers initially formed around the issue at the quarry formerly known as DoLime, and many years later, we still are the voice keeping this issue from designation on a back burner. Our work to protect groundwater from unnecessary exploitation and commodification has struck a nerve and people of all walks of life question the industry of packaged water. Ontario citizens are privileged in that we are entitled to submit a response to the ministry of the Environment (MOE) on the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) when there is a request for or renewal of a Permit to Take Water (PTTW) – a process which we help streamline, when a Permit to Take Water (PTTW) application or renewal bid threatens to undermine the safety of our groundwater.