Mayors get waterwise

Castanet – May 20, 2018

Mayors from around the Okanagan have taken the pledge to get WaterWise.

The annual “Make Water Work” program from the Okanagan Basin Water Board seeks buy-in from residents up and down the valley to conserve water.

Corrine Jackson, communications director with OBWB, admitted it seems counter-intuitive to be asking people to conserve water when the valley is trying to beat back flood waters from rising creek and lake levels.

“But, the fact is conservation is critical during flooding and drought. We saw this last year with water treatment plants being overwhelmed and calls to slow the flow,” said Jackson.

“Based on what the experts are telling us, we need to prepare this year for a repeat of what we had last year. Flooding, followed by record-breaking temperatures… and, we’re expecting another long, hot summer.”

Jackson says there is a very good chance of another drought this summer.

Mayors gathered at the UnH20 Demonstration Garden to pledge their support and try and drum up support within their communities as part of a community challenge.

Armstrong won that challenge in 2015 and 2017. Peachland won in 2016.

Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper offered up a good-natured challenge to Peachland Mayor Cindy Fortin. The loser has to send the winner a home-grown product such as wine, or cheese.

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