Municipalities win national water award with grassroots environmental program Well Aware



    PETERBOROUGH, ON, June 18 /CNW/ - A group of Ontario municipalities with
large rural constituencies has won the national 2009 Sustainable Community
Award - Water with their support for the Well Aware program. The award was
granted by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and CH2M HILL.
    Well Aware is delivered by the community based, non-profit members of
Green Communities Canada in partnership with municipal governments and others.
Well Aware was developed by the community organizations in response to demands
from their citizens for more information about wells and private water
supplies. It is the first large-scale program in Canada that educates rural
residential well owners about well maintenance and how to keep our common
groundwater healthy and safe.
    "We're proud of this national recognition for Well Aware and the
municipalities that help make it happen," said Marisha Lamond of Green
Communities Canada, which coordinates the private-well stewardship program
throughout Ontario.
    There are approximately 750,000 private well owners in Ontario who are
wholly responsible for their own water supplies.
    "It's about healthy families and a healthy environment," said Ms. Lamond.
"For municipalities, it's also about maintaining the viability of private
wells and avoiding preventable expenditures on municipal water treatment
systems," she said.
    The award cites seven municipalities for their participation in Well
Aware: Kingston, Thunder Bay, Loyalist Township, Wellington North Township,
Bruce County, Town of Wasaga Beach, and Oxford County. Well Aware is also
delivered in 14 other locations across Ontario and has been adopted by
Newfoundland and Labrador.
    Funders include the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and the Oak
Ridges Moraine Foundation. The Award was conferred 6 June at the FCM annual
conference in Whistler, B.C.
    For additional information: www.sustainablecommunities.fcm.ca





For further information:

For further information: Marisha Lamond, Well Aware Program Manager,
Green Communities Canada, T: (705) 745-7479 x 114,
mlamond@greencommunitiescanada.org, www.wellaware.ca,
www.greencommunitiescanada.org

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