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Vail drinking water on tap at Sunday Farmers’ Market

Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Shoppers at the Vail Farmers’ Market have had a refreshing stop to make each week for a cup of cold drinking water from Eagle River Water & Sanitation District. Sunday marks the last day for the water station, as the weekly market and art show winds down for the season.In an effort to promote the area’s high-quality drinking water, district staff members fill bottles and cups with water that comes directly from the district’s public water system. Many shoppers stop by each week to quench their thirst and ask questions about their public water utility. Water station employees value the opportunity to inform community members about a variety of water topics, including water supply and treatment, river health and water quality issues and irrigation efficiency.Personal interaction with residents and guests allowed district staff to hear a variety of concerns. “It’s been great speaking with people about water quality in their home,” said Brian Tracy, water quality coordinator. “Everyone loved the water at the market; it’s great to build their confidence in tap water.”The water station supports sustainability initiatives associated with events in the town of Vail. The cost and waste linked to bottled water is well documented versus drinking tap water that comes from local sources and is operated and managed by a local government.More than 750 gallons of Vail tap water have been distributed to market shoppers since the end of June. All sizes of refillable water bottles were filled each week, along with more than 8,500 cups that were given to people without refillable bottles. All cups are compostable in accordance with market rules.While today is the last water station for this year’s market, it will return in 2013. For more information, contact district public affairs at 970-477-5457.