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Thursday July 16th, 2015

Posted at 5:08pm

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The Essex Region Conservation Authority showed off their new Eco-Washroom at the Holiday Beach Conservation Area Thursday.

The new washroom was made possible by a partnership with Holiday Beach Migration Observatory and with funding support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

“This washroom relies on solar panels for power, and features low flow toilets and waterless urinals,” explained ERCA Chair Ed Sleiman. “It also has a green roof.” In rebuilding this washroom, most of the existing structural materials were reused.

In addition to environmental consideration, user needs were also considered. A spacious, separate, accessible family washroom as been created, and there are new change rooms and exterior showers which are heated by solar power.

“This new washroom facility improves customer service and the visitor experience for all of these guests,” Sleiman added. “We hope this improved service will also encourage new visitors to come and check out the beautiful beach, nature trails and viewing tower.”

On July 25th and 26th as part of the Explore the Shore event, Holiday Beach Conservation Area will be open to the public for free. “We hope that everyone will visit and see this beautiful new washroom facility,” Sleiman concluded.

Since 1973, the Essex Region Conservation Authority has served as a community-based organization dedicated to protecting, restoring and managing the natural resources of the Essex Region.

From Left: Architect Joe Passa, ERCA General Manager Richard Wyma, Claude Radley, Vice President of the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory, Dan Allen of the Ontario Trillium and ERCA Chair Ed Sleiman cut the ribbon a the grand opening of the new eco-washroom at Holiday Beach.

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