WATER PROGRAMS

Well Aware

Run by EEC since 2002.  Provides a guided self-assessment and education on private water wells. Promotes a range of behavior changes, so that residents can safeguard their well head, and those of their downstream neighbours who share the aquifer. 
– about 800 rural families have benefitted from the EEC providing this program
– public forums held in several communities with guest speakers from Public Health Units, Conservation Authorities and local municipalities, professional well drillers, septic specialists, the Ontario Ground Water Association, and hydro-geologists
– Information Provider Workshops conducted which invite local water experts to share information and ensure common messaging around well safety 

Well Wise

Based on the children’s book and program “Aqua’s Water Well Adentures” by Dr. Mary Jane Conboy of the Well Wise Resource Centre, this interactive program reaches children grades 1-4 with a water stewardship message; groundwater model demonstration with fun exercises to discover water in different forms (liquid, solid, vapour); interactive arts & crafts segment encouraging children to create artwork depicting their favourite part of the water cycle.         

Upstream

Offers an integrated learning experience to help students in K-8 understand the river, make connections with an ecosystem and act responsibly towards their environment and more specifically to their watershed.


Rain Barrels

In 2003, the EEC offered rain barrels to residents of Wellington County. Two hundred and ninety five (295) barrels were sold, well over the initial project goal of 200.  Five dollars of each barrel sold was donated to support the Association for Community Living in Fergus.  In the summer months, fifty percent of the water used goes to watering lawns and gardens. Rain barrels are an alternative to turning on the tap, conserving our precious water resources.