Celebrate BC Drinking Water Week by Learning Where Your Drinking Water Comes From

Apr 22, 2014

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Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) will be hosting their 25th annual public tours of the Greater Victoria Water Supply Area and water supply facilities for residents of the region to attend.

The free tour provides a first-hand look at the Greater Victoria Water Supply Area and our water supply facilities which serve over 340,000 residents within the region. It provides an opportunity to learn more about the care taken to provide Greater Victoria with clean, safe drinking water every day.

This year’s tours are being held from Monday, May 5 to Saturday, May 10 and leave from the Main Parking Lot at Thetis Lake Regional Park. There are two tour options available and both require advanced reservations.

1. A full day (5.5 hour) tour that takes the participants north to south through the Sooke and Goldstream water supply areas. There are several stops including a walk to the shoreline of Sooke Lake Reservoir, a look at Rithet Creek that supplies a quarter of the water to the reservoir, a short forest walk, a lunch stop at the dam at Sooke Lake Reservoir, a stop at Goldstream Lake Reservoir and a tour of our ultraviolet disinfection facility. This tour leaves at 9:30 am each day returning at approximately 3:00 pm.

2. A half day (3 hour) tour with a focus on water supply facilities visiting the dams at Sooke Lake and Goldstream Lake reservoirs and the ultraviolet disinfection facility. These half day tours leave at 9:15 am and 1:00 pm.

Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling 250.940.0200 from Monday to Friday
8 am to 7 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 8 am to 8 pm. The tours are not recommended for children under 12. Want more information please visit www.crd.bc.ca/watertours

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For media inquiries, please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager, CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3229 | Cell: 250.216.5492