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Press Release: Automated, Self-Cleaning Washrooms Open in Valemount

By Village of Valemount
on Jul 29, 2022

Press Release

For Immediate Release:

“The Village of Valemount is excited to provide a cleaner, safer public washroom experience in Centennial Park using smart, automated technology”.

Village of Valemount, July 29, 2022 - The Village of Valemount has opened a new, smart, self-cleaning washroom facility for residents and visitors at Centennial Park. Built with public safety and resource management in mind, the new washroom facility boasts automatic water and sanitation features that control water consumption and clean the space between uses. These features greatly reduce the need to touch surfaces, reducing risk, while also saving on operating and maintenance costs. Open to the public year-round, the new washrooms are centrally located and wheelchair accessible.

“The past couple years have provided the Village of Valemount the opportunity to re-evaluate what service delivery can really look like. The first in BC, ultramodern, self-cleaning, year-round, and all-access washroom facilities compliments our beautiful downtown, Centennial Park, as well as our EV charging area and will be of benefit to residents, the business community and visitors for years to come,” - Mayor Owen Torgerson.

In addition to advanced function and technology in comparison with traditional facilities, these Canadian-made washrooms from Urben Blu, based in Quebec, are built for extreme weather and follow the guidelines of the Official Community Plan, incorporate mountain community style steep roofing, a rock base and natural colors. The facility features vandalism resistant materials and includes enhanced programmable safety features.

“Tourism Valemount is happy to be a part of today's ceremony to open such a unique piece of Village infrastructure. As we continue to welcome travelers, having a state of the art, safe and efficient facility to stop, rest and hopefully explore the area is so valuable,” - Pete Pearson, Chair of Tourism Valemount.

To fund this forward-thinking project, the Village of Valemount was approved for a $327,860 grant through the Tourism Dependent Community Fund, delivered by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. The grant covers 80 percent of the costs to purchase and install the new self-cleaning public washrooms. Contributions to this project were also made by the Columbia Basin Trust and the Northern Development Initiative Trust. The Village thanks each of these groups for their ongoing support.

The Village of Valemount also worked closely with British Columbia’s MAKR Group, a park amenity supplier, to plan, deliver and install the smart washrooms, with local contractors providing demolition, site preparation, water, sewer and power connections.

Located on 4th Avenue and Dogwood Street, the new washroom facility is close to the electrical vehicle charging station and downtown retail area. With easy access to local attractions and restaurants, the self-cleaning, smart washrooms are a perfect complement to Valemount’s vibrant and active community of locals and visitors alike.

For more information, please contact Silvio Gislimberti, Economic Development Officer, at the Village of Valemount 250.566.4435. https://valemount.ca/
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