Ground Water Canada

Nova Scotia presents awards to ground water industry

November 9, 2017  By Ground Water Canada

Dartmouth, N.S. – The Nova Scotia Ground Water Association recognized outstanding well drillers, well diggers, scientists and pump installers with awards at its annual general meeting and awards ceremony in Dartmouth, N.S.

As reported in the association’s fall newsletter, John Drage, senior hydrogeologist with the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, gave a talk at the AGM in June on drought impacts to private wells in Nova Scotia.

Following the session, Drage was presented with the 2016 W.E. “Buster” Brown Founder’s Award.


Jamie McDonald of Island Well Drillers was awarded the J.P Nowlan 2016 Driller’s Award.

Kendall Veinotte of L.E. Veinotte & Sons was named the Wayne MacCrae 2016 Well Digger of the Year.

The 2016 Pump Installer Award went to Brian LeBlanc of Acadian Plumbing, Heating & Electrical.

In his first address as chair of the association, Jordan Rogers of Valley Well Drillers, thanked outgoing chair John Kidson for his years of service. Rogers announced two key events for 2018: the annual meeting and awards dinner in May 2018 and Atlantic Ground Water Association Fall Convention in Truro from Sept. 27-29.

Rogers also shared a recent success story. A letter recently mailed out by the association and Nova Scotia Environment to licensed plumbers in the province informing them that they are not legally allowed to install submersible pumps unless they are a licensed pump installer with the province seems to have resulted in Red Seal plumbers inquiring about writing the pump installers exam to obtain a licence, Jordan said.

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