Kelowna, and the Okanagan Valley, is one of the Provinces driest areas. The precious water resources we have need to be monitored, protected and managed carefully.
I have been a strong supporter of the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) for many years. The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) was instituted in 1970 as a collaboration of the three Okanagan regional districts to provide leadership on water issues spanning the valley. I am on board with their slogan “One valley. One water.”
This September I was in southern California where I could see firsthand the challenges that an extended drought can bring to an area. It was a stark reminder of how important this resource is to our valley.
This last year I participated in the Okanagan Waterwise initiative. This program challenged Okanagan residents to be “Water wise.” Bringing water issues to the forefront in the Okanagan Valley is a good thing on many fronts. Residents of the Okanagan consume 675 litres of water per day, in an average year, compared to the Canadian average of 329 litres. The Eaterwize campaign is designed to make us aware of our water use with the intended goal of conservation. Through wise management we can reduce our water consumption and still enjoy a great quality of life.