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,



Just Posted

Column: Make it a green Christmas

Instead of purchasing a cuddly stuffie this year, put your money towards helping the real thing.

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

Kelowna city councillor suggests bringing back photo radar

Gail Given says it could help generate traffic fine revenue for the city—and make roads safer

‘Game changer” research deal between three B.C. Interior universities

UBCO, TRU, UNBC say deal will help innovation, research, aid students and increase quality of life

What’s happening

Find out about the events happening in your community this weekend

Lind nets three in Rockets win; Dube and Foote named to Canada’s roster

Kole Lind returns from national junior camp to lead Rockets to victory in P.A.

Interior Health holding immunization clinic in Vernon Saturday

IH issues list of Okanagan meningococcal immunization clinics

Court denies WestJet’s bid to toss out discrimination lawsuit of former worker

Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination

VIDEO: 3 months later, rescued sea lion released back into ocean

The young animal was found in Campbell River three months ago

Annual Christmas meal held as Kelowna Gospel Mission

The meal will be held tomorrow from 12 to 6 p.m.

Michaels: Big Brother has become a big letdown

“You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide, but privacy should still have some appeal.”

One convicted, two cleared in 2014 deaths of men in B.C.’s Cariboo

Andrew Jongbloets convicted of manslaughter in deaths of Matthew Hennigar, 23 and Kalvin Andy, 22

Accused Shuswap drug smuggler to be extradited

Supreme Court of Canada upholds extradition order for accused Shuswap drug smuggler, Colin Martin

Most Read