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Essex Region Source Protection Committee Hosts Region Open Houses

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008

Windsor/Essex County - The Essex Region Source Protection Committee (SPC) will host seven open houses in the coming weeks to promote the value of protecting drinking water at its source. Open houses are scheduled near the drinking water intake in each community.

These open houses are interactive, and intended to promote how living or owning land near a municipal drinking water source means that landowners can play an important role in its protection by simply being aware of how they can keep this vital supply of water safe. Attendees can learn how land uses can affect the source of our drinking water, speak with experts on surface water quality, the Clean Water Act, and household water conservation, and learn about a new grant program that may be able to assist them in undertaking projects on their property to further protect the source of their drinking water.

"As we move forward in creating the Source Protection Plan for our region, it will be important to have the input of our community," explained Tom Fuerth, SPC Chair. "These open houses will help provide information to landowners who live near these municipal drinking water intakes, and will also give us the opportunity to receive some early feedback on their thoughts and priorities."

All open houses will take place from 3pm ? 8pm. The dates and locations are as follows:

Date

Drinking Water System

Location

Address

Tues. Feb. 19

Colchester

Harrow Arena

243 McAffee Street Harrow

Thurs. Feb. 21

Stoney Point

Rochester Golf Club

981 - 991 County Rd. 2 Belle River

Tues. Feb. 26

Amherstburg

Verdi Club

689 Texas Road Amherstburg

Wed. Feb. 27

Belle River

Knights of Columbus

1303 County Rd. 22

Belle River

Thurs. Feb. 28

Windsor

Riverside Arena

6755 Wyandotte St. E., Windsor

Tues. March 4

Union Water System

The United Church of Ruthven

1907 Queen Boulevard Ruthven

Thurs. March 6

Wheatley

Royal Canadian Legion

7 Erie St North

Wheatley

The open house in Wheatley is being jointly hosted with the Thames-Sydenham Source Protection Region, and the Lower Thames, Upper Thames, and St. Clair Region Conservation Authorities.