Water Board recognizes water conservation winners

Castanet – October 17, 2018

The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) and its Okanagan WaterWise program has wrapped up its valley-wide outdoor residential water conservation campaign “Make Water Work” for another year with the awarding of prizes.

As part of the annual campaign, Okanagan residents are encouraged to visit the Make Water Work website  review a list of water-saving tips, and pledge to conserve. In addition to saving water in our valley, residents are then entered to win prizes. There were three winners this year, one each in the North, Central and South Okanagan.

Kelsey Powell of Vernon won the $500 in WaterWise irrigation material from ProSource Irrigation Supply, Pam Kirstiuk from Lake Country won $500 in drought-tolerant turf material from Eco Turf Farms, and Summerland’s Holly Dunlop won $500 in plant material from the Make Water Work Plant Collection courtesy of Grasslands Nursery.

“That’s awesome!” Kelsey responded when called with the news. “We put in a raised bed for veggies this year but we really wanted to expand our garden. Putting in the right irrigation will make sure water is getting to only what needs it.” Asked what drew her to the contest she noted: “There needs to be more responsibility by homeowners to take care of what is a finite resource.” Plus, with two young children, there is even more reason to be concerned she added, noting that she and her husband Ryan are already teaching their four-year-old and 16-month-old boys to use water wisely, helping ensure a secure water future for them.

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