The City of Guelph has won an award for its work in protecting the local water sources from an international non-profit organization.
On Tuesday, the City of Guelph announced it has been given the Exemplary Source Water Protection Award from the American Water Works Association (AWWA).
“Our entire team is honoured to receive this award for protecting our drinking water sources,” says Peter Rider, the City’s source water protection program manager. “Water is critical in all aspects of our lives, and we’re thankful for our staff and community who help us protect this precious resource so that we can continue to have safe drinking water supplies now and into the future.”
A points system evaluated criteria for the award, including:
- Vision and goals for source water protection
- Development and implementation of a source water protection action plan
- Ongoing revision and evaluation of the program, and
- Overall effectiveness of the program
Guelph will receive its award at the AWWA annual conference, to be held in Denver, Colorado in June.
The City of Guelph implemented its source water protection program in 2016. It includes identifying and responding to potential threats to Guelph’s drinking water sources and getting the community involved in protecting those sources through education and outreach.
The American Water Works Association was founded in 1881 and is an international, non-profit, scientific and educational society. It is dedicated to providing total water solutions assuring the effective management of water.
To learn more about how the City protects local drinking water sources and what you can do to help, visit the website.