Don’t be fooled by the size of Okanagan Lake

I was surprised at the opinions expressed by a couple of letter-writers recently regarding the use of water.

To the editor:

I was surprised at the opinions expressed by a couple of letter-writers recently regarding the use of water.

Both espoused the belief those of us living in the Okanagan are free to go ahead and water our lawns, even though we live with a limited water supply.

I’ve lived in this valley all my life, and I wonder if these writers are newcomers who think Okanagan Lake is always going to supply plenty of water. Because of the lake, it appears we’re in a water-rich area, but we’re not.

Did you know because we live in the rain shadow of the Coast Mountains we have the lowest amount of fresh water available per person than almost anywhere in Canada?

And did you know our per person water use here is above the average of B.C. and Canada?

The Okanagan Basin Water Board has done extensive studies on the finite ability of the lakes to provide for all of the needs of the rapidly growing population.

The last thing we need is to encourage people to water lawns and adopt other gardening practices that will lead to water shortages for agriculture.

A recent letter writer expressed how he wonders why we should conserve water, when it’s constantly being cleaned and recycled by the Earth.

The answer is simple. This process is slow, and now there are too many demands on our limited supply due to the population. Nature can’t replenish all that we’re using.

So I ask all of us as residents of this semi-arid region to try our best to conserve our precious commodity.

Research the fate of many lakes in Nevada where overuse has begun their deaths.

Moni Schiller,

Kelowna

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