News Release

To: Watershed News Media

Date: April 2, 2008

Sydenham area residents invited to learn about their drinking water

Residents of the village of Sydenham and surrounding area are invited to attend a public open house about their drinking water on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at the Township of South Frontenac Council Chambers in Sydenham.

Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) staff and XCG Consultants Ltd. will present information from an ongoing study of Sydenham’s drinking water source which is Sydenham Lake. This is one of the studies being undertaken as part of the provincial drinking water source protection program under the Clean Water Act.

Those attending the open house will learn about:

“We’re going to present some of our preliminary findings from our study of Sydenham Lake,” said Holly Evans CRCA water quality specialist. “Each drinking water system that serves a city or town in the Cataraqui Source Protection Area will be studied and plans will be put in place to keep their sources of drinking water clean and safe.”

“Everyone has a role to play in making sure that our water stays clean,” added Evans. “Making sure that your septic system works, properly abandoning wells you’re not using and planting trees and shrubs along the shoreline are a few examples of  things that landowners can do to help keep our water clean.”

The open house runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., with a presentation at 7:00 p.m. by the consultant and CRCA staff. There will also be 15 minute tours of the Sydenham Drinking Water Treatment Plant from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 to 8:00 p.m.

For more information call:
Holly Evans, Water Quality Specialist  (613) 546-4228 ext. 290
Karla Maki-Esdon, Communications Coordinator (613) 546-4228 ext. 226
Toll-free (613) area code: 1-877-956-CRCA


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