Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) will be hosting their annual public tours of the Greater Victoria Water Supply Area and water supply facilities from Monday, May 4 to Saturday, May 9.
The free tour provides a first-hand look at the Greater Victoria Water Supply Area and our water supply facilities which serve over 350,000 residents in the region. It provides an opportunity to learn more about the care taken to provide Greater Victoria with clean, safe drinking water every day.
The tours leave from the Main Parking Lot at Thetis Lake Regional Park. There are two tour options available:
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 9:30am each day returning at approximately 3pm.
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 9:15am and 1pm.
Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling 250.474.9621 from Monday to Friday
8am to 3pm. The tours are not recommended for children under 12. For more information please visit www.crd.bc.ca/watertours.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Annette Constabel, Senior Manager
CRD Watershed Protection