The Town of Okotoks is in the process of installing a pair of temporary water drinking fountains in their downtown.

These fountains will be in the Event Zone portion of town, and each will be attached to a fire hydrant.

One fountain will be at the corner of Veteran's Way and Elizabeth Street, while the other will be in front of Heartland Cafe, and they will be providing a safe and convenient water source for humans and dogs alike, helping to reduce the use of single-use plastic water bottles.

"These portable fountains attach to fire hydrants, are fully accessible and provide the same safe, reliable drinking water that comes out of our taps," explained the Town of Okotoks Water Manager Davey Robertson in a media release from June 7th. "Their efficient design means that they can be quickly disassembled with no impact on fire response."

These fountains are set to be ready for use on June 13th, and each one is designed so both humans and dogs are able to drink from the fountain.

Temporary Fountains will be placed in Downtown OkotoksTemporary Fountains will be placed in Downtown Okotoks

The fountains will remain covered and off limits to the public until provincial labs are able to confirm the water samples from the fountains have passed all necessary tests.

"Once we receive the all-clear from Alberta Health Services (AHS), we will remove the covers, flush the fountains, and have them ready for use," Robertson.

The fountains will remain in place until September and will be regularly sanitized and tested to make sure they are compliant with AHS guidelines.

To learn more about the water in Okotoks, click here.