From the 1958 Constitution and By-Laws of the Manitoba Water Well Association, the following statement still rings true today.
The objectives of this Association shall be:
Association Membership includes organizations, firms, corporations, and individuals that are involved in all aspects of groundwater related activities. This includes well drilling and pump installation contractors, manufacturers and suppliers to the industry, groundwater professionals and technicians, and government representatives.
The MWWA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, duly elected by members. Administration is performed by Executive Director, currently a volunteer position.
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It seems Canadians only take notice when there are water-related deaths or destruction. If your basement isn't flooded and there is no boil-water advisory in effect, then everything must be OK. But it isn't! We need to realize that extreme weather is the new norm that will continue to hammer our sensibilities and impact our water systems.
The Globe and Mail recently asked people how concerned they were about climate change: 79 per cent were very disturbed or somewhat concerned, and the rest were not worried at all. 26 percent of people think that "as long as the water tastes good, I don't care where it comes from". Citizens don't notice the infrastructure that makes their everyday activities possible .....until it breaks.
Canadians are blessed with an abundance of water, but we have our heads in the sand when it comes to managing and valuing the asset.
And Canadians are not alone in their ambivalence. As the state of California and most southwester United States suffers from extreme drought that is draining groundwater reserves and costing billions of dollars in agricultural damages, people are still watering their lawns, refilling their pools and dumping buckets of ice water on their heads.
Public education is key to changing the perception of water. By raising awareness of water issues, we can slowly start encouraging advocacy for water management and investments. (reprinted in part from Alberta Water Well Drilling newsletter)
Chris Jennings, a representative of Baroid IDP Canada will be the guest speaker at the Manitoba Water Well Drillers Meeting called for Friday, March 17th, 2017, - 1:00 PM, Canad Inns Portage la Prairie.
Chris's topics will include grouting, fracking and geothermal drilling.
Although the MWWA has not entered into formal arrangements with Ground Water Management Section to deliver the driller certification program, we are being proactive in ensuring ongoing education session will be available to Manitoba Water Well Drillers.
You will recall a consultant was commissioned to review driller certification requirements and one of those recommendations was to provide regular ongoing professional development. Chris will address leading technology in terms of grouting, fracking and geothermal drilling.
Many Manitoba Drillers received Canadian Ground Water certification recognition which Manitoba continues to recognize as long as continuing education is addressed. For those drillers that do not have Canadian Ground Water Certification recognition, the Consultant's report recommended experienced drillers be "grandfathered" into the certification process.
The March 17th session is the first step in continuing education for Manitoba Water Well Association members. You are encouraged to renew your annual membership so that your professional development sessions are recorded in our data base system.
Please do not hesitate to contact Inez Miller at phone 204 589 6166 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information.