March 18, 2005

York Region celebrates World Water Day

NEWMARKET York Region joins others around the globe in celebrating World Water Day on Tuesday March 22nd.  To promote this event, York Region Health Services and the Transportation and Works Departments, with participation of the Water for Tomorrow initiative, have invited two local elementary schools to the Georgina Water Treatment Plant to learn about drinking water from local, regional and international perspectives. 
Where: Georgina Water Treatment Plant
   27135 Kennedy Road, Willow Beach
When:  Tuesday March 22, 2005
8:45 a.m. 11:45 a.m.
Who:  Students of St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary School (Sutton West) and
Deer Park Public School (Keswick)

Sixty elementary school children will have the opportunity to tour the Georgina Water Treatment Plant and see where their water comes from and how it is treated before it arrives at their homes.
The children will continue through the morning with two additional sessions on Water in a Developing Nation, where the children will see how a lack of protected water sources and poor sanitary facilities contribute to illness in these countries.  The final session with Water for Tomorrow will concentrate on how we can conserve water in our daily lives, in order to protect this natural resource.
The children will each be sent home with a bag of resources and products promoting water conservation and protection.
For more information on water or other health-related questions, contact York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or visit
For more information on world water day visit the website at
Contact:  Kim Clark, York Region Health Services
905-830-4444 Ext. 4101

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