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ERCA Celebrates World Water Day with Film

Friday, Mar. 13, 2009

 

 

March 13, 2009

Media Release

For Immediate Release

ERCA Celebrates World Water Day with Film

Windsor - Water is the very essence of life. It sustains every living being on this planet, and without it there would be nothing. March 22 marks the international observance of World Water Day and ERCA is pleased to celebrate it with a free showing of the award-winning film FLOW: For the Love of Water, on Friday March 20th at Mackenzie Hall in the City of Windsor. World Water Day, designated by the United Nations in 1992, draws attention to the struggle of the more than one billion people world-wide lacking access to clean, safe drinking water.

"We will be hosting a film screening this year for World Water Day," said Stan Taylor, Source Water Protection Project Manager of the Essex Region Conservation Authority. "Living in the Great Lakes region, many people take for granted the perceived unlimited supply of fresh water and this film provides a fascinating and thought-provoking insight about the larger water picture."

The film featured is the award-winning documentary FLOW: For the Love of Water, investigates the political and environmental issues of the world water crisis.

"World Water Day gives us the opportunity to reflect on the availability and quality of our local water," says Taylor. "The Essex Region Conservation Authority's programs and services are designed to protect our drinking water at its source. From its water monitoring and flood alert systems, to its stewardship landowner grants, every action reflects the organization's priority to protect and improve water quality for a healthy environment and a healthy community."

Recently, the province of Ontario has requested Conservation Authorities to coordinate source protection plans through its Clean Water Act legislation. The Essex Region Source Protection Committee is currently developing a plan to protect municipal sources of drinking water in the Essex Region.

Clean, safe drinking water is the single most important factor in maintaining a high quality of life, good health, and strong prosperity.

With each passing year World Water Day has grown larger and stronger. Registration for the film is required through emailing stomkins@erca.org or calling 519-776-5209 ext. 366. For more information on how to take action everyday to help protect and restore our local water quality and quantity visit http://www.essexregionsourcewater.org

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Media Contacts:

Susanne Tomkins

Source Water Protection Communications Specialist

Essex Region Conservation Authority

519-776-5209 x366 stomkins@erca.org