Be Well: Your Water is Worth Protection – 7pm-9pm on Friday 4 March 2021

Be Well: Our Water Is Worth Protecting | March 5 (2021) 7:00pm-9:00pmAttend this event to learn more about where your drinking water comes from, the threats to it, and how we can work together to protect it.

About this Event

Everyone should know where their drinking water comes from and that it is being protected.

Did you know Waterloo Region relies on groundwater for drinking water, which comes from underwater aquifers?

When it rains or snow melts, the water soaks into the ground to fill the spaces between sand grains, rock or gravel in the aquifer.

The Region of Waterloo manages over 120 wells that supply groundwater to homes and businesses; meanwhile, there are thousands of private wells that get water from various depths.

Attend the event and listen to experts and community members talk about the importance of protecting our groundwater and the threats to it.

Following the educational speakers, you will be given the opportunity to join other community members in a meeting with your local councillors/mayor. This is the perfect opportunity to engage in conversations that are important to you. (this is optional)

Sign-in early and stay a bit later to listen to local environmental musicians

***Special attention to people on private wells. You don’t want to miss the information you will learn at this event.

*** The speaker session will be recorded and sent out to people who have registered for the event. The breakout rooms will not be recorded.


6:45 pm ** Listen to music from a local musician

7:00 pm ** Event starts

7:10 pm ** What is groundwater? Learn about where our drinking water comes from and why it is important to protect it.

7:20 pm ** Guest expert Simon Courtenay: Director of the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (SERS) at University of Waterloo

Your own health is the sum of all things that go on. What we end up with is the sum of what has gone on and what will go on in the area. It is much easier to keep water clean in the first place than correct it later. If you have 1 thing in water you can predict the effects. If you have 2 or 3 or 4 things it starts getting much harder.

7:35 pm ** Guest expert Susan Bryant: Elmira groundwater contamination expert.

Preventing contamination in the first place is the only real option for the environment—the cheapest and most effective one

7:50 pm ** Guest expert Theresa McClenaghan: Executive Director and Counsel for Canada’s Environmental Law Association

What is the Source Protection Plan? How is it related to Walkerton? How are risks to our water identified and how can it be the SPP be improved? Our municipal wells are protected by the SPP but our private wells are not.

8:10 pm ** Sam Lernout: Citizens for Safe Ground Water

8:20 pm ** Leah Gerber: Grand River Watershed Reporter at Waterloo Region Record

8:30 pm ** ‘Townhall’ breakout rooms with local councillors/mayors and fellow community members.

** Listen to music by a local musician

This event is being organized by Citizen’s for Safe Ground Water

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We are also always actively looking for volunteers in order to better protect our water. Email us at


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About Bob Jonkman (he/him/his)

Bob Jonkman is a former Green Party of Canada candidate. He ran in Brantford-Brant for the 2019 federal election, and in Kitchener-Conestoga for the 2018 provincial and 2015 federal elections. Follow in the #Fediverse (Mastodon, Pleroma, Friendica, PeerTube, &c).
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