Okanagan mayors lend support to virtual water conservation challenge

Oliver Chronicle – June 5, 2020

The Okanagan Basin Water Board (O.B.W.B.) has launched its annual Make Water Work campaign by replacing the usual public launch with a virtual pledge from mayors around the area.

Osoyoos Mayor Sue McKortoff was joined in the video by mayors from Summerland, Penticton, Kelowna, Peachland, Oliver and other municipalities to show what they are doing to conserve water this summer.

The video is intended to encourage water conservation through the annual community competition hosted by the O.B.W.B., which awards one community with the title of the Make Water Work Community Champion.

“With the current COVID-19 pandemic, and the need for physical distancing, we had to get creative.” said communications director, Corrine Jackson, in an emailed statement. “We thought this would be a fun way to get the message out and the mayors were wonderfully game.”

Each mayor was asked to submit a 30 second video outlining their pledges for the year, which Jackson said achieved the same outcome as the usual public launch, to get the mayor’s outside and in their own gardens to promote the cause.

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