Survey sheds new light on water use in Okanagan

Vernon Matters – December 3, 2020

A survey of Okanagan residents on water issues suggests a vast majority of respondents practice water conservation.

The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB), which commissioned the survey, said the results show growing concern for water issues in the valley and support for conservation and protection.

“Despite being known for our lakes, the Okanagan has among the lowest amounts of water available in Canada, and yet we have one of the highest rates of water use,” OBWB Chair Sue McKortoff said. “Anything we can do to make people aware of this precious resource, and protect it, is important.” 

The water board hired an Okanagan polling firm to conduct the phone survey which included 500 residents, stratified to ensure equal representation from throughout the valley. A survey of this size is considered accurate within ±4.4 per cent.

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