Letter: Eliminate hot water tanks to save water

Two solutions to water waste: Insulate water lines, eliminate water heating tanks.

To the editor:

Limit Construction, Save Water (Nov. 14 Capital Newvs. What a dumb answer to a subject of water use in Kelowna.

There is a very simple answer to saving water in our city. Our building codes skirt this problem simply because of the cost to the builder who takes short cuts and uses material that in a lot of cases is of marginal quality.

Two answers to water waste.

1. Use insulation on all water lines in the building of new or renovated homes.

2. There is a product on the market that eliminates hot water tanks. It is a system presently used in other countries that produces hot water instantly and is also available in this market. It is not expensive when you consider a hot water tank has an average life span of eight to 10 years with considerable cost over the long term to operate. The instant system is efficient and you do not have to run water for two or three minutes to get warm water. Multiply that by the amount of homes and there is unbelievable savings of water and cost with the instant system.

Maybe it’s time attention was given to an impending bigger problem down the road with a water shortage. I realize of course the water tank manufacturers would not be happy but we should get on with the technology available to us.

Our local government should take a serious look at the way Fortis gave homeowners rebates for energy saving materials used in new homes and home renovations. All it would take is a change in building code and several years from now water use will certainly be in the right direction.

Think about the savings on TV ads, newspaper ads and t he savings on gas and salary of the big bad bylaw officer out touring the neighbourhood looking for law breakers using water they pay dearly for on their own property.

Hopefully mayor and council will see threats of a fine on water use to home owners does not work. This is orchard country—there is a better way to control water use.

Russ Lennstrom,

Kelowna