Caring for Land

Quinte Conservation Groundwater DVD to be distributed province-wide.

Quinte Conservation is pleased to announce that Conservation Ontario will be distributing its "Groundwater: Ours to Protect" DVD across the province. Quinte Conservation created the eight-minute DVD in partnership with Loyalist College and is also distributing it to local schools, libraries and environmental groups.

"We're extremely pleased with the response we've had to this DVD," says Lucille Fragomeni, communications manager at Quinte Conservation. "People can't see groundwater and this gives us a way to show the public visually how groundwater can be contaminated and how we can protect it."

Nearly three million people in Ontario use and depend on groundwater every day. Fragomeni adds, "Protecting our groundwater is vital to our health, because this is the water that we drink. Let's remember what happened in Walkerton, Ontario in 2000. Seven people died and thousands became sick because the water that they drank from their municipal well was contaminated. "

This DVD answers the questions: What is groundwater? How does it move through the ground? How can it become contaminated? What can we do to protect groundwater? It can also be viewed on Quinte Conservation's website at www.quinteconservation.ca. Conservation Ontario has ordered an initial run of 1,000 copies.

In the Quinte region 51% of residents obtain their drinking water from groundwater sources. More information about protecting drinking water sources in the Quinte region is available at www.quintesourcewater.ca.

Quinte Conservation is a community based environmental protection agency that serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. It provides cost effective environmental expertise and leadership that develops and delivers programs to ensure the healthy coexistence between the community, the environment and its economy.

More information is available at www.quinteconservation.ca.

Contact: Lucille Fragomeni Communications Manager Quinte Conservation 613-968-3434