RELEASE — The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) is partnering with the municipal officials from the Town of Gananoque, and the Townships of Front of Yonge, Rideau Lakes, Athens and Leeds and the Thousand Islands, as well as community residents, in offering a well and septic workshop at the Lansdowne Community Hall (pictured below) on Tuesday, April 17, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
This event will be an interactive discussion-based workshop including an information session featuring speakers from the following organizations: Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, Public Health Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.
Speakers will be touching on important topics such as groundwater quality and vulnerability in eastern Ontario, proper use and maintenance of private well and septic systems for rural property owners, and best management practices.
“Landowners with private wells and septic systems on their property, new residents to the area, or those interested in understanding local risks to drinking water sources are encouraged to attend,” said Katrina Furlanetto, Source Protection Coordinator for the CRCA.
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Following the information session, there will be time for landowners to fill out a property-specific self-assessment booklet. Developed in partnership with the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, this booklet aims to:
1. Be a resource for determining risks to drinking water and the vulnerability of groundwater on your property.
2. Outline best practices for the operation and maintenance of your well and septic system.
3. Specify contact information and additional material for reference.
4. Provide well and septic system tracking sheets and a space to keep important records all in one place.
“Understanding the risks to groundwater on your property is critical to ensuring existing and future sources of drinking water. In our region, we have one aquifer, one main source of groundwater, with thin soils and fractures in the local bedrock creating a highly sensitive environment to potential sources of pollution,” Furlanetto said.
“This means ongoing activities on your neighbour’s property can very easily impact the groundwater on yours. It is therefore imperative we all understand how to reduce risks of pollution on our own properties through proper care and maintenance of ongoing activities – information this event will provide to those who participate.”
Filling out the booklet is voluntary and confidential. No information from participants will be collected.
Registration for this event is free and will enter all participants into a draw to win multiple prizes such as a free water quality test for your well. Seats will be limited. Register online at lansdownewellsandseptics.eventbrite.ca.
For more information about the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, visit www.crca.ca or call (613) 546-4228 x 500 or toll free in the 613 region at 1-877-956-CRCA (2722).