Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) and FortisBC, with support from the City of Victoria, are launching the Food Service Establishment Water, Energy and GHG Savings Program which will provide free assistance for up to 250 local businesses to reduce their environmental footprint and save money.
Qualifying businesses in the capital region with gas hot water heating, including restaurants, grocery stores, community centres, and care homes, will be eligible for free high-efficiency water fixtures and on-site education about further water and energy saving opportunities and rebate programs.
Participating businesses will receive free high-efficiency pre-rinse spray valves and faucet aerators that:
- Reduce average water consumption per business by over 232,000 litres per year
- Save a food service establishment an average of $1,190 per year, with a range of potential savings between $50 and $7,000 per year.
- Realize average GHG reductions of 3 tonnes per year with a range of potential GHG reductions between 0.024 and 16 tonnes per year.
“This program is simple to participate in, and is going to deliver fantastic benefits to businesses and the community,” says CRD Board Chair Barbara Desjardins. “By reducing water waste, we’re protecting water quality and deferring the need to expand water infrastructure. By reducing waste of hot water, we’re saving energy and greenhouse gas emissions. These small changes will deliver big savings, which is great for everyone.”
FortisBC spokesperson Ramasy Cook, program manager for conservation and energy management says “the CRD has shown creativity in helping businesses conserve both energy and water, and FortisBC is glad to be a part of that. This program provides a very practical way to save energy and reduce cost immediately and we encourage local businesses to participate.”
The program will be delivered by City Green Solutions, a local non-profit organization. To apply for the free fixtures, visit www.crd.bc.ca/sprayvalve or to learn more call 1.866.381.9995.
Celebrating 50 years! The CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, enhance community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region.
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Andy Orr, Senior Manager
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