EDMONTON, AB – As K-Days prepares to welcome back hundreds of thousands of fans, one of the hottest new features at the popular festival will help spectators stay cool and refreshed.
New hydration stations will be available along several popular routes on the fair grounds, providing free, high-quality drinking water for families and individuals. These touchless water bottle filling kiosks will also help families and individuals reduce their environmental footprint by cutting down on the purchase of single-use plastic water bottles.
“Earlier this summer, EPCOR launched the Glass of the Sask celebration as a way to recognize the vital role we can all play in supporting a sustainable water supply by protecting the North Saskatchewan River. These new hydration stations are another way to enjoy award-winning tap water and learn more about our treasured river and its surrounding watershed,” said
Steph Neufeld, Watershed Manager, EPCOR.
“Explore Edmonton is committed to creating an environmentally and socially sustainable destination, and this partnership between K-Days and EPCOR is an exciting addition to our ongoing efforts at creating sustainable events. We also strive to create a broad community event; this reduces costs to families who no longer must purchase water while on K-Days grounds,” said
Traci Bednard, CEO, Explore Edmonton.
Three touchless hydration stations have been installed at high-traffic locations throughout the exhibition grounds. Each kiosk also includes a QR code where fairgoers can access more information about the North Saskatchewan River, how to support the sustainability of our source water supply, as well as an overview of the water treatment process.
- Edmonton’s water supply comes from the North Saskatchewan River, which flows from the Canadian Rocky Mountains and travels more than 400 km before reaching our city.
- This water is treated for up to 12 hours at one of Edmonton’s two water treatment plants before being delivered to more than one million taps in Edmonton and surrounding communities.
- EPCOR’s water treatment teams test and adjust for more than 300 parameters before the water is delivered through a network of 4,200 km of underground pipes and arrives at your taps.
EPCOR, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, builds, owns and operates electrical, natural gas and water transmission and distribution networks, water and wastewater treatment facilities, sanitary and stormwater systems, and infrastructure in Canada and the United States. The Company also provides electricity, natural gas and water products and services to residential and commercial customers. EPCOR, headquartered in Edmonton, is committed to conducting its business and operations safely and responsibly. Environmental stewardship, public health and community well-being are at the heart of EPCOR’s mission to provide clean water and safe, reliable energy. EPCOR is an Alberta Top 75 employer, and is ranked among Corporate Knights’ 2022 Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada.
Since 1879, K-Days has been an annual fixture in Edmonton serving as a gathering place and celebration of summer for Northern Alberta. With an estimated economic impact of over $70 million, K-Days creates thousands of jobs and brings our community together. K-Days has partnered with North American Midway Entertainment for the past 40 years to provide new and exciting outdoor experiences. K-Days is hosted annually on the Edmonton Expo Centre Exhibition Lands and Klondike Park. Explore Edmonton assumed responsibility for K-Days in July 2021.