Water at Doon Heritage Crossroads

5 12 2008

Kara Bertrand
Staff Reporter, Community News South
Published: June 4, 2008

Water conservation was on everyone’s mind at Doon Heritage Crossroads on May 31 at the third annual Family Water Festival. The threat of thunderstorms didn’t hold back the 300 to 500 people expected to attend this year’s free event.

Families across Waterloo region came to learn about water conservation through several hands-on activities, including relay races, well demonstrations and booth exhibits.

Children attended the previous week’s Children’s Groundwater Festival which culminated in the Family Water Festival on the Saturday.

Susan Reid, festival co-ordinator for the Waterloo-Wellington Children’s Groundwater Festival, said approximately 4,000 students attended the festival during the week.

“They’re our next generation,” said Reid. “We’re getting them to be more aware and empower them to make simple changes.”

These changes, Reid said, are as simple as turning off the water when brushing your teeth, something children can surely handle.

The five day Groundwater Festival is in its 13th year in the region, teaching more than 47,000 children since its beginning in 1996. It was one of 22 festivals taking place throughout the province this year.

Reid said the festival relies on the involvement of 500 dedicated volunteers each year, many of whom are from area high schools.

The festival is sure to stay a constant in the area as we continue to try to understand climate change and water conservation. And considering the average Canadian household uses 1,400 litres of water each day, it seems there is always room for improvement.