The Friends of the Tay Watershed Present:

Perspectives on Water with Bruce Davidson

Walkerton – The Cost of Getting It Wrong:
Understanding the Consequences of
Failing to Protect Drinking Water from Source to Tap


7PM Monday November 16, 2009
Myriad Centre for the Arts
Located in the Old Perth Shoe Factory, 1 Sherbrooke St. E.


Presentation Objectives:

The primary objective of the presentation is to extend outreach and education regarding the consequences of failing to protect drinking water from source to tap including economic, health and social ramifications following the Walkerton Water Tragedy.  A review of the systemic breakdown leading to the Walkerton Water Tragedy will clearly illustrate the vital importance of the tasks to be carried out by all those charged with the provision of safe drinking water. This seminar will deliver a unique perspective on the Walkerton Water Tragedy that will resonate with water professionals both on a technical and emotional level regarding the need for comprehensive protection of drinking water.

Presentation Description:

This educational seminar has been presented across Canada to a variety of audiences including:  municipal water workers, staff from the Ministries of Environment, Health and Natural Resources, municipal government associations, agricultural associations, First Nations, environmental groups, students from high school, college and university settings, land and cottage owners associations, industry associations, source protection committees and organizations and the general public.


This presentation illustrates the Walkerton Water Tragedy and its consequences from the point of view of the affected citizens of the town.  The one hour seminar provides audiences with an undeniable example of the devastation that can occur when we collectively fail to protect our drinking water. 


The seminar will act as a conduit of educational outreach encouraging stakeholders to view source protection measures as crucial steps to be taken towards the protection of municipal drinking water.


Bruce Davidson’s Bio:

Bruce Davidson is co-founder and spokesmen for The Concerned Walkerton Citizens a group that was formed in direct response to the Walkerton Water Tragedy.  The CWC successfully fought for and gained full status in the Walkerton Water Inquiry.  Since 2000, he has been involved in outreach, education and policy development regarding the protection of drinking water sources across Canada.  Currently, Bruce holds positions on a number of boards and committees including, The Saugeen Grey Sauble North Bruce Pennisula Source Protection Committee, the Brockton Environmental Advisory Committee, the Walkerton-Hanover Landfill Committee, The Board of Directors of the Candian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and he is an enthusiastic member of the Water Guardians Network.