Tap into Trails and Enter to Win!

May 05, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

Victoria, BC– Everyone, including pets, can enjoy a fresh drink of water while out on the trails this year by using one of the ten new water fountains installed along the Galloping Goose and Lochside regional trails. These fountains operate seasonally and allow residents to enjoy our high quality tap water as they walk, run and cycle along these regional trails.

Tap Into Trails Campaign launches this spring to promote the installation of the new drinking water fountains which provide trail users with access to the clean, safe drinking water from the Sooke Lake Reservoir. This campaign builds on the CRD’s previous Tap into Sustainability campaign, which promoted our drinking water supply, distributed reusable water bottles and led to over 9,000 residents pledging to drink tap water instead of bottled water.

In support of this campaign, the CRD was awarded a community grant from BC Water & Waste Association totaling $1,000. The campaign goals are to educate residents that regional trails have fountains, highlight where fountains are located on the trails and provide a local, safe and environmentally friendly hydration option for trail users. The CRD is also encouraging residents to capture a photo of themselves at one of the water fountains to enter to win a prize draw for one of five messenger bags and one grand prize of $75 Mountain Equipment Co-op gift card.

"Water is one of our most precious resources," said Mervyn Lougher-Goodey, Chair of the Regional Water Supply Commission. "These new water fountains will ensure that clean, refreshing drinking water is available and convenient for all trial users." 

In 2012, a community led campaign raised funds for fountains along the Galloping Goose and Lochside Regional Trails. Regional Parks’ commitment to the campaign was to cover the installation cost and provide the labour for the fountains to be installed.  As a result of this campaign and other donations received through the CRD’s Legacy Program, Regional Parks was able to purchase and install water fountains.

The CRD is a local government that delivers 200+ regional, sub-regional and local services for residents of the region which includes 13 municipalities and three electoral areas within 2370 square kilometres on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD is working to serve the public, and build a vibrant, livable and sustainable region.

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For further information, please contact:
Laurie Sthamann
CRD Regional Parks
Tel: 250.360.3332 | Cell: 250.889.8030