May 12, 2016 – Kelowna Now
The “Make Water Work” annual conservation campaign kicked off in the Okanagan on Wednesday morning.
A group of mayors gathered to chat about the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s (OBWB) Okanagan WaterWise program.
“We had a healthy high elevation snowpack this winter, but we also had an early warm spring which caused much of it to melt quickly,” noted Okanagan Basin Water Board Chair and West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater. “At the same time, fire season has come early in Western Canada and we’ve had enough experience with devastating fires in the Okanagan to know we can’t waste our water.”
Findlater noted that if the Okanagan Valley doesn’t get enough rain, residents could be in the same spot as last year.