Ted Vanderzalm and Family Well Drilling

Ted Vanderzalm and Family Well Drilling

1. No Poverty 6. Clean Water and Sanitation 12. Responsible Consumption and Production

Overview

Ted Vanderzalm and Family Well Drilling is bringing back an old method of water extraction in order to provide Canadians access to clean fresh water while making them more water conscious to create a sustainable future. Licensed by the ministry of Environment in both drilling deep water wells and the operation and technician of wells, Ted Vanderzalm and Family Well Drilling has a mission of creating water wells in an environmentally sustainable method to ensure a lasting future.

Author

logan martineau

logan martineau

School

University of Guelph

University of Guelph

Professor

Ruben Burga

Ruben Burga

Innovation

Due to Ted Vanderzalm and Family Well Drilling's innovation's contribution to the environment based on creating a sustainable and lasting future in regards to water consumption and their pledge to adhering to the Ministry of Environment's environmental standards, the company has, a part of their mission, tackled several of the UN sustainable development goals including number 1, 6 and 12.

In the company's innovation of bring back an ancient method of well extraction to create water sustainability and make people more water conscious they have partnered with Wells Of Hope to bring access of clean, fresh water to those who do not have access to water. Through this partnership the company has been apart of bringing access of clean water to over 80,000 people in South America helping bridge the gap between nations and end poverty. Thus, helping 'End Poverty', UN sustainability goal number 1.

With the company mission of providing as many people access to clean, fresh water, both in the Niagara community and the global community, they have tackled UN sustainability goal 6, 'Clean Water and Sanitation'.

While analyzing the company's innovation of bring back a method water extraction the company has made those on the water wells more water conscious and taken many people of bottled water. Therefore, reducing the volume of plastic in the environment, this is has helped in UN sustainable goal number 12, 'Responsible Consumption and Production'.

Ted Vanderzalm and Family Well Drilling

Creating a Sustainable Future

Inspiration

The founder of the company, Ted Vanderzalm, learned to drill wells in Africa while there he learned to drill wells in a safe a sustainable method, understanding the applications which it held in bring fresh, clean water he decided to use these methods to start a company when he returned to Canada.

While speaking to the manager of the company Dominic Vanderzalm he described to the motivation that sparked the inception of the company as follows, "The motivation, in the first place, was to provide clean water to people in Africa who do not have access to clean available water. And once he learned that he returns to Canada, using those skills to provide clean water in Canada who did not have proper access to clean water [...]".

He later on went onto describe the contributions wells have on a first world nation like Canada, and what his father thought presented an excellent opportunity, "those who are in rural communities who are relying on rain water and in dry seasons the family would have to rely on bottled watered but this is not always possible for the family to do. So drilling a well provides them a sustainable water source that they can rely on".

Overall impact

The goal of the company is to both bring clean fresh drinking water to as many people as possible while making those more water conscious and create a more sustainable future. To analyze to company's impact on the decrease on the usage of water on a local, regional or provincial manner that is difficult, as Dominic Vanderzalm noted in our interview. However, noted that moving people from rain water bottled water, Dominic Vanderzalm said '[...]those who were relying on plastic bottles do not have to and this would reduce the amount of waste', referring to the decrease usage of plastic in the environment that moving to well water has had within the environment.

Secondly, not only following the Ministry of Environment's strict standards to provide a reliable access of fresh water to Canadians they have also, through the partnership the company has with Wells Of Hope, been apart of teaching and bring their environmentally safe and sustainable method of drilling wells to Guetamala where the company has helped bring access of fresh clean drinking water to over 80,000 people in Jalapa and Jutiapa with the drilling of 26 wells.

Business benefit

Ted Vanderzalm and Family Well Drilling's method of environmentally safe and sustainable well drilling is a vital part of the company as a whole. Based off their ability to adhere to the Ministry of Environment's standards and regulations while creating a more water conscious society they have seen their company grow over the past 18 years with the founders 35 years of total experience, into a successful firm who is an active member of the community who people turn to, understanding the firms reliability. In creating this platform of their drilling wells, the company was able to branch off into new markets and generate new revenues while beginning a water delivery service and general repair in regards to pumps, well repairs and decommissioning of wells.

Social and environmental benefit

Ted Vadnerzalm and Family Well Drilling has developed themselves as a vital part of the community known as an organization who has the environment's best interests at heart. While following the Ministry of Environment's regulations while drilling of wells, repairing wells and decommissioning wells.

While speaking with Dominic Vanderzalm, a major environment the company has had on the local environment is the decrease usage of plastic as a substitute for acquiring clean, fresh water.

'[...] in rural communities who are relying on rain water and in dry seasons the family would have to rely on bottled watered but this is not always possible for the family to do. So drilling a well provides them a sustainable water source that they can rely on', 'Since now those who were relying on plastic bottles do not have to and this would reduce the amount of waste' - Dominic Vanderzalm.

Environmentally however, the company believes that placing people on well water decreases their usage of water, since they are aware that the quantity of water they have available to them is limited seasonally. '[...]when people are forced to rely on these wells are more conservative with the amount of water that they use. Since, they know that the quantity of water is limited, and they do not want to run out and do not want to waste it' - Dominic Vanderzalm.

Interview

Dominic Vanderzalm, Manager

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Ted Vanderzalm and Family Well Drilling

Ted Vanderzalm and Family Well Drilling

Niagara On The Lake, Ontario, CA

Business Website: http://vanderzalmwelldrilling.com/

Year Founded: 2001

Number of Employees: 2 to 10

Ted Vanderzalm and Family well Drilling is a family run and operated company that brings water services to the Niagara region. Licensed under the Ministry of Environment to drill deep water wells there mission is to bring clean fresh sustainable drinking water to everyone.