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Film Screening Today to Celebrate World Water Day

Monday, Mar. 22, 2010

Film Screening Today to Celebrate World Water Day

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 the Essex Region Conservation Authority's Source Water Protection program is pleased to celebrate it with a free showing of two films; the award-winning Blue Gold: World Water Wars and Bob McDonald's Water Under Fire.

International World Water Day, held annually on March 22, focuses attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Designated by the United Nations in 1992, the observance draws awareness to the struggle of the more than one billion people worldwide 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 these films provide a fascinating and thought-provoking insight about the larger water picture."

The films featured are the award-winning Blue Gold: World Water Wars, a documentary on the world's rapidly approaching water crisis and Bob McDonald's Water Under Fire, a film depicting Canada's water crises with a focus on the Great Lakes. The event, held March 22nd at SilverCity, 4611 Walker Road, begins at 6:00p.m.

"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.