On the heels of last summer’s extreme drought, and with the possibility of another one this summer, valley mayors gathered this morning to challenge each other and their residents to conserve water in what is known as Canada’s most water-stressed region. It was all part of the launch of the Okanagan’s annual valley-wide outdoor water conservation campaign “Make Water Work.”
Make Water Work is an initiative of the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB)’s Okanagan WaterWise program, developed and delivered in partnership with local governments and utilities throughout the valley.
“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 have had enough experience with devastating fires in the Okanagan to know we can’t waste our water.