Water use campaign launched

Summer is heating up, putting additional demands on our water supplies.

Summer is heating up, putting additional demands on our water supplies. Traditionally, the region begins to observe slow increases in volume usage beginning late April and into May.

This year a cool, wet spring helped to ease the pressure on the water utilities pumping and treating infrastructure.

The downside was when summer came, temperatures soared and we were plunged into a heat wave.

It takes a few weeks of slowly raising temperatures to allow people, animals and the land to adjust to summer conditions.

When the heat comes suddenly, with moisture still in the air and soil, it can be shocking.

Humidity makes the temperature feel hotter.

In response to those conditions, people crank up the air conditioner, turn on the sprinklers and use water, water and more water.

That can be hard on water utility infrastructure; intake,  pumping and treatment plants.

In the Okanagan consumption is 675 litres per person per day, twice the Canadian average.

Watering restrictions are devised to balance the demand on the water system, as well as conserve water.

We can make water work and get the most from our water by following some simple steps:

o Water landscape, gardens and agricultural crops at or between  dusk and dawn. Up to 50 per cent of the water evaporates when watering in the hot sun.

o Water plant material only — grass, gardens, lawn and crops — not pavement, roadways or sidewalks. Outdoor water consumption accounts for 24 per cent of household water use.

o Leave grass five to eight centimetres (two to three inches) long and leave clippings as mulch.

o Aerate and top dress your lawn with an inch of compost in the fall.

o Change out conventional lawn for drought tolerant turf, or turf some turf, and remove some lawn.

To inspire Okanagan residents to Make Water Work,  local governments and the Regional District have partnered with  the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s  Waterwise program.

Take the WaterWise pledge for a chance to win $5,000 WaterWise yard improvements and makeover.

Log on to  www.MakeWaterWork.ca, take the pledge to  do one or more of the steps above, and you will be entered to win.

If you do not have the need for a makeover, you can gift it to a registered charity of your choice.

A win-win for everyone, and our precious water resource.

 

Just Posted

A campaign encourages families to put down their phones and talk this Mother’s Day

OpenTable’s #DiningMode gets Okanagan restaurants on board with a no phone policy while dining

Okanagan experience for the Blue Man Group

The world tour of the Blue Man Group came to Penticton this week for two shows.

Olympian Andi Naude retires from freestyle skiing

Penticton native skied in 62 World Cup single and dual moguls events in her career

Syrup commercially produced from Summerland maple trees

Maple Roch produces 50 bottles of syrup after trees in the community were tapped

Activities offered to mark Earth Week in Summerland

Numerous events planned, including the 13th annual Earth Day Celebration on Sunday

VIDEO: Driver in bizarre hit-and-run at B.C. car dealership turns herself in

Police believe alcohol was a factor in incident causing estimated $15,000 in damages

‘B.C. cannot wait for action’: Top doctor urges province to decriminalize illicit drugs

Dr. Bonnie Henry says current approach in ‘war on drugs’ has criminalized and stigmatized drug users

B.C. woman, 76, challenges alcohol-screening laws after failing to give breath sample

Norma McLeod was unable to provide a sample because of her medical conditions

New report on 2017 wildfires calls for better coordination with B.C. First Nations

Tsilhqot’in National Government documents 2017 disaster and lists 33 calls to action

Okanagan experience for the Blue Man Group

The world tour of the Blue Man Group came to Penticton this week for two shows.

B.C. youth coach banned amid sexual harassment, bullying scandal: Water Polo Canada

Justin Mitchell can’t take part in Water Polo Canada events or clubs

Wilson-Raybould: Feds want to just ‘manage the problem’ of Indigenous Peoples

Former federal justice minister speaks at First Nations Justice Council meeting in B.C.

Okanagan College names new fundraising director

Helen Jackman will join the college as executive director of the Okanagan College Foundation and director of advancement

Most Read