High quality water is more than the dream of the conservationists, more than a political slogan; high quality water, in the right quantity at the right place at the right time, is essential to health, recreation, and economic growth. EDMUND S. MUSKIE, U.S. Senator, speech, 1 March 1966

Local Happenings

Minister Wilkinson congratulated the Green Communities’ Well Aware program this week for providing help to well owners on taking care of their wells, protecting their drinking water and our shared groundwater.

Joined by members of Green Communities and the Elora Environment Centre, Environment Minister John Wilkinson took part in an event to celebrate 10 years of the Well Aware program.

Supported by funding from the Ministry of the Environment, Well Aware delivers programs and drives positive actions focused on the basics of maintaining a well.

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Splash fest

Splash Fest, the Floating Water Festival

August 13, Georgina Ontario, Each year the Festival will celebrate water through creativity and by challenging everyone to find new ways to create, share, think and dream about water.


Provincial Happenings

“The Ontario Water Conservation Alliance congratulates the provincial government on Bill 72 and its serious plan for water conservation and efficiency,” said Theresa McClenaghan of the Canadian Environmental Law Association, speaking on behalf of the Alliance OWCA


Water: the Exhibition, until September 5, 2011

An immersive experience with hands-on activities for kids, live animals and multi-media displays about life's most precious resource.



Orange Drop

Orange Drop is the program that has been introduced to help recycle household hazardous and special waste materials that need extra care when they've reached the end of their useful lives.


The Value of Water “Water Finance” Program follows the successful footsteps of the Centre for Environment’s "Carbon Finance" Workshop series by bringing the emerging issues of water to the forefront including scarcity, climate change and how they fight with the business-as-usual scenario

National Happenings


Groundwater Canada Please click here to view if you are in the groundwater industry and are interested in bringing Well Aware to your province/territory.

Water use it wisely Water conservation is something few of us think about at work. Since we don't get the bill there, we're not aware of the cost and quantity of our consumption. But our offices and factories consume huge quantities of water, so saving on the job should be everyone’s business. That's why Water – Use It Wisely is teaming with GreenNurture.com, the software solution for incorporating sustainability into daily practice at work. Together, we're inspiring people to save water in their 9-to-5 world by offering these simple tips for wise water use in the workplace.

Waterlution's purpose is to inspire pattern-making and pattern-breaking change towards a healthy and sustainable relationship with water. Check to see if there is a workshop near you to participate in or contribute expertise to.

International Happenings

Bringing light to the poor, one liter at a time 
July 11 - A bottled liter of water with a few teaspoons of bleach is proving to be a successful recipe for dwellers in the light-deprived slums of the Philippines. The simple technology is spreading sunlight in places where it has never been, and saving residents money at the same time, Gemma Haines reports.

Ryans well

July 27 is Ryan's Day in Uganda!
In 1999, seven year old Ryan Hreljac's first well was built in a Ugandan village. Now the Ryan's Well Foundation has grown into a family of people committed to delivering access to safe water, as an essential way to improve the lives of people in the developing world. We empower citizens of all ages to take action and effect change in the world. Thanks to your continued support, we've now completed 682 wells & 821 latrines providing safe water and improved sanitation to 723,375 people!


August 21-27, 2011 is hosted and organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and takes place each year in Stockholm. The World Water Week has been the annual focal point for the globe's water issues since 1991. World Water Week


Story of Stuff The Story of Stuff and the Poloris institute have come up with a little video...the story of bottled water.