City of Cranbrook hires Water Smart Ambassador for summer

Free irrigation assessments will be available for residents

Katelyn Pocha

Katelyn Pocha

For the Townsman

The City of Cranbrook’s annual Water Conservation education initiative will see a new face at the helm this summer.

Katelyn Pocha has been hirede as the official Water Smart Ambassador for Cranbrook through into late August.

“I’m excited to be Cranbrook’ s 2015 Water Smart Ambassador and looking forward to connecting with community groups and members to reduce our water consumption,” Pocha said. “With a few simple changes, we can decrease water demand considerably during the summer season.”

Free irrigation system assessments for both residential and commercial water customers will be available again this year, on a first come first serve basis. The public is encouraged to take advantage of the free assessments. Information about how to sign up for an assessment will be made available later in May.

“Katelyn will be the face and voice of our water education program this summer, conducting free irrigation assessments for the public and business, providing information about conservation to the public along with a water conservation education program for elementary school students,” says Chris Zettel, Corporate Communications Officer for the City. “She has a strong background and experience in environmental initiatives and will be a great fit in this role.”

The addition of the Water Smart Ambassador to the City’s overall water conservation education program is a tool made available by the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) Water Smart initiative.

The City signed onto the CBT Water Smart Charter in 2010, which commits the City to help reach a basin-wide water reduction goal of 20 percent by 2015.

To date, the City has seen an overall reduction in water use of 15 per cent since 2009.