Today is World Water Day and to mark the occasion the Walkerton Clean Water Centre has been hosting a week long education program with students from across Grey and Bruce.
More than 650 students have come through the Walkerton Clean Water Centre doors this week to participate in a number of hands on, interactive workshops designed to educate youth about water conservation , ground water protection and what it takes to keep our water safe.
WCWC CEO Carl Kuhnke says World Water Day is all about focusing on the importance of keeping our freshwater safe and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
In Canada, he says it can be all too easy to take fresh clean water for granted; while in reality, there are a couple of billion people on this earth that don’t have access to treated drinkable water.
By allowing kids to engage in hands on activities such as creating their own mini water filtration systems, Kuhnke says students have been developing a deeper appreciation and respect for our drinking water.
Across the globe today people are celebrating World Water Day, this years theme is ‘Leaving No One Behind‘ with the goal of ’ Water For All‘.
Sadly, the students learnt that the are countless people around the world without access to clean and safe drinking water.
The goal of the interactive stations is to teach students about water related issues and inspire them to take action to make a difference.
The Walkerton Clean Water Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario established in 2004 to help ensure clean and safe drinking water for the entire province.
It was born out of the Walkerton Ecoli Tragedy of 2000.
It is a centre of excellence that provides training and information to drinking water system owners, operator and operating authorities in order to safeguard Ontario’s drinking water.
Over 82 thousand participants have received their water operation training through the Centre, 19 thousand in the last year.
The WCWS also provides training for the 133 First Nations communities in Ontario.