City of Kelowna asks residents to do their part in conserving water

Water conservation urged

Kelowna is nestled along the shores of Okanagan Lake, there's plenty of water.

Partially true, but not entirely accurate according to the city's water quality and customer care supervisor.

"It's true it's a big lake," says Ed Hoppe, "but it's not limitless.

"We need to manage our water supply and the lake responsibly to guarantee our children and grandchildren will be able to enjoy it in the same way we do now."

The city is asking residents to do their part to help preserve the Okanagan's ecosystem, avoid shortages and restrictions by conserving water.

The plea comes as Agriculture Canada's drought monitor shows the central and north Okanagan are in the midst of a D2 - severe drought.

“We can only deliver so many litres of water to one neighbourhood or one home at a time. When we get into peak water season in July and August, there’s a risk that demand can outstrip supply, and that means higher restrictions," says Hoppe.

"To keep this from happening, we ask city water utility customers to think about how much water they use, what time of day they use it, and to consider using a variety of beautiful native plants and landscapes that don’t require as much water. Many residents don’t know households are only allowed three days of irrigation per week even under normal conditions.”

In an effort to promote good water conservation, residents are asked to share what they are doing to conserve water through Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #YLWWaterHero.

Those who participate will be entered to win one of five $100 gift cards to the nursery of their choice.

Some water saving steps residents can take include:

  • Know your watering schedule: Odd-numbered addresses water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and even-numbered addresses water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
  • Water between midnight and 6 a.m.
  • Collect rainwater to use on flower beds and gardens.
  • Let your grass grow long, sharpen your mower blade and over-seed your lawn.
  • Book a free irrigation system assessment through the City for free.
  • Apply for Water Smart rebates when updating irrigated landscapes.
  • Add climate-appropriate plants to your yard.
  • Hire a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) to make your landscape water sustainable.

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