Wellington Water Watchers is a non-profit organization founded in 2007. It is run by volunteer citizens from Guelph-Wellington who are committed to the protection of local water resources and to educating the public about threats to the watershed.
We promote tap water as a healthy and environmentally preferable alternative to bottled water. We seek constructive engagement with those who affect local water policy, and accountability from corporations. We ask that companies and policy makers apply the Precautionary Principle — proving no harm, beyond doubt, when engaged in projects that that could be harmful to our water resources.
We believe in preservation not just conservation. Our watershed supports many diverse forms of life. Our local ecosystem must be protected for the well being of all future generations.
Wellington Water Watchers has become a community educator, sponsoring guest speakers including Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May and Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and Senior Advisor on Water to the President of the United Nations General Assembly. We have also lead public speaking events around the city and at the University of Guelph, held panel debates on Rogers’s cable and CTV, and have maintained an annual presence serving free municipal tap water from a tanker truck to attendees at the Hillside Festival.
There is a great need for consolidated action on behalf of our water resources and Wellington Water Watchers is proud to work with other groups involved with local water issues. We work closely with:
- The City of Guelph
- “Tap in” – a public water advocacy group at the University of Guelph
- Eden Mills Mill Pond Association
- Guelph Civic League
- 10 Carden Street
- Hillside Festival
- Polaris Institute
- Council of Canadians
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