Scholarships and Bursaries
The groundwater industry in Ontario had its beginnings with the early settlers. Everyone needs water to live and proximities to lakes, rivers and streams left some in hardship unless they were able to access ground water. After the WW II, the province began to study water wells. Archie Watt wrote the first Ground Water Report for the province of Ontario in 1947 and the initial Water Well Drillers Act. He developed Ontario's first water well record form. As a result, the Ontario Ground Water Association was created in 1952 as a not-for-profit organization to facilitate the various sectors of the ground water industry coming together for the delivery of safe and clean water supplies throughout the Province.
The OGWA has a long history of working cooperatively and supportively with the province. The Ontario Water Resources Commission (OWRC) was formed in 1956. Archie Watt joined the OWRC as the Director of the Water Resources Division in 1957 and had the lead in developing regulations, policies, and guidelines. These combined efforts have secured safe and abundant ground water supplies throughout Ontario.
Presented to a deserving student who has shown commitment and proficiencies toward the water well industry.
This award is generously funded by the Ontario Ground Water Association.