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RDKB appoints WaterSmart Ambassador to help locals save

As the RDKB WaterSmart Ambassador, Abbe Teasdale hopes to replicate the success initiated by the Columbia Basin Trust when it first launched the program to address high seasonal outdoor water use and achieve the basin wide reduction goal of 20%.

Residents living in the Beaver Valley, Rivervale and Christina Lake will be able to significantly reduce their water consumption and conserve H20 more effectively this summer with help from the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary latest seasonal recruit, Abbe Teasdale. 

The RDKB made the announcement in a recent media release.

Teasdale, who has just finished the second year of her Civil Engineering degree at the University of Calgary, is the latest post-secondary student to join the burgeoning talented crew at the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary.

As the RDKB WaterSmart Ambassador she hopes to replicate the success initiated by the Columbia Basin Trust when it first launched the program to address high seasonal outdoor water use and achieve the basin wide reduction goal of 20%.

Based from its headquarters in Trail, Teasdale will work with the RDKB’s environmental services team to conduct free sprinkler system assessments in a bid to identify defects and address inefficiencies across local lawns and gardens. 

Part of her remit will be to promote free indoor water conservation kits comprising of faucet aerators and shower heads designed to effectively reduce water flow.

“I’m looking forward to gaining an insight into local government, being the RDKB’s public interface, working with local people and addressing their concerns," Teasdale said.

"Water conservation is a huge passion of mine and I’m looking forward to learning more about how the real world of work aligns with my degree. Simple changes made on a local level can make a big difference and I’m on hand to share tips and advice on how to bring down residents’ water use."

“We’re sure it will be a huge success,” says RDKB Manager of Infrastructure and Sustainability, Goran Denkovski, who appointed the Fruitvale local for her strong customer service skills, willingness to learn and her friendly, approachable nature. 

“WaterSmart Ambassadors have a huge impact on the ground,” says RDKB Engineering and Safety Coordinator, Gabe Wiebe. “They are really effective at raising community awareness on how to avoid overwatering."

"This new appointment is a big step forward for local water conservation and will significantly help us meet our strategic priorities,” he adds.

To schedule your sprinkler system assessment, authorize the watering of new sod/grass seed, order indoor water conservation toolkits and for any other WaterSmart and related landscaping enquiries, call 250 231 5384 or email watersmart@rdkb.com