The City of Kelowna in partnership with the Okanagan Basin Water Board could save 38 million litres of water a year. (Kim Siever photo - Wikimedia)

38M-plus litres of water saved annually with Kelowna partnerships

Parks, green spaces and sports fields targeted in 3-phase project

Kelowna city parks and sports fields will save more than 38 million litres of irrigation water each year due, in large part, to a partnership between the City of Kelowna and the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB).

The water saved is more than 80 times the amount of water in the 25-metre pool at Parkinson Recreation Centre.

READ MORE: Kelowna-based app the ‘Spotify of wines’: CEO

READ MORE: Kelowna business celebrates 30 years of service

“This project aligns with Council Priorities for 2019-22 as we work to protect our valuable natural resources,” parks, beaches and sports fields supervisor Ted Sophonow said.

Water conservation is a priority for park services and the Okanagan Valley, he said. And collaboration is key to achieving the city’s goals.

“With support from OBWB, we’ve been able to step up to the plate to develop new irrigation guidelines and invest in new technology through findings in each phase,” he said.

Technical adjustments and new installation guidelines for irrigation systems in sports fields and parks were planned by staff in Phase 1 and Phase 2 produced new operational recommendations and upgrades to the water flow sensing cables and systems to better detect leaks.

Phase 3 targets sports field irrigation practices.

Over the three phases, the city not only predicts it will reduce annual water use equivalent to 38 million litres, but it also expects labour operations to run more efficiently—saving around 1,320 hours a year.

READ MORE: Top upcoming events: plan your B.C. Day long weekend in Kelowna!

READ MORE: Future unknown for Kelowna seniors activity centre

“The OBWB is pleased to provide funding to the City of Kelowna as they demonstrate leadership in water conservation,” operations and grants manager James Littley said.

“Parks and recreation spaces in Okanagan communities are important green spaces and gathering spots in our valley,” he said.

Kelowna’s work to conserve water, he said, illustrates that it’s possible to conserve water without interfering with the city’s ability to provide world-class facilities to residents and tourists.


@caitleerach
Caitlin.clow@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Climate protesters temporarily shut down Bernard Avenue in Kelowna

Protesters are demanding politicans take action to stop climate change

Climate change hot topic at election forum in Kelowna

Just seven of the 12 candidates in Kelowna’s two ridings were present for the forum

Climate change rally held outside Kelowna City Hall

People protested outside Kelowna City Hall today to demand more action on climate change

Loaded shotgun found in Kelowna alleyway

RCMP seized a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, ammunition, clothing and other items

West Kelowna Warriors look for 2nd win in Merritt

The Warriors’ hope to improve their 1-4 start to the season Friday night

PHOTOS: Young protesters in B.C. and beyond demand climate change action

Many demonstaers were kids and teens who skipped school to take part

Security footage shows grab and go of cash in South Okanagan business break-in

Marla Black is asking for the public’s help in identifying the man who broke into Winemaster

Vehicle taken by gunpoint in South Okanagan carjacking recovered

Penticton RCMP said the criminal investigation remains very active and ongoing

Former B.C. lifeguard gets house arrest for possession of child porn

Cees Vanderniet of Grand Forks will serve six months of house arrest, then two years’ probation

Crown alleges resentment of ex-wife drove Oak Bay father to kill his daughters

Patrick Weir alleged in his closing arguments that Andrew Berry is responsible for the deaths of his daughters

‘I’d do it again,’ says B.C. man who swam naked, drunk in Toronto shark tank

David Weaver, of Nelson, was drunk when he went to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto on Oct. 12 2018

How to react to Trudeau’s racist photos? With humility, B.C. prof says

‘We are now treating racism as a crime that you cannot recover from’

Victoria man spots online photo of his totem pole 11 years after it was stolen

Mark Trueman restored the pole himself before it was stolen off of his property in Duncan

VIDEO: Fire destroys Williams Lake strip club targeted by past arson attempts

Diamonds and Dust Entertainment Lounge destroyed by fire, as well as New World Tea and Coffee House

Most Read