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Water Conservation

 

 

 

Water Conservation

Water Use and Conservation Bylaw, 1806

Information & Tips 

Hints and tips to help you conserve water: 

Water Conservation in the Home

Water Conservation in your Yard

How to Operate and Maintain your Irrigation System

Water Conservation:

Okanagan Water Wise - Tips to be water wise

Make Water Work

Xeriscape Gardening:

Plant Collection Ideas

Appropriate Plant Materials for Xeriscape Garden

Xeriscape Gardening

City Hall Xeriscape Garden Layout

Information on Plants found in the City Xeriscape Garden

Rain Barrels

Rain Barrel Guide

Rain Barrels & Rain Collecting

Irrigation

Free Irrigation Information

How to - fix and repair a leaking irrigation system

The Okanagan Water Stewardship council has five guiding principles for Water Management in the Okanagan Basin: 

PRINCIPLE 1:

Think Regionally and Think Long-Term

Water management decisions will place priority on the long-term sustainability of the Okanagan region, protecting and enhancing water quality and supply for current and future generations.

PRINCIPLE 2:

Protect Nature for the Benefit of All

Natural processes in healthy watershed ecosystems are the most effective and cost-efficient means to maintain water quality and quantity.  Restoring degraded lands and protecting surface and groundwater source areas are the essential cornerstones of an overall strategy for sustainable water resources in the Okanagan.

PRINCIPLE 3:

Anticipate Change - Plan Accordingly

Successful water management strategies must be flexible – adapting to new information and anticipating annual variation in water supply as well as long-term changes in climate and land use.  This adaptive approach relies on careful monitoring of resources and continued research for new and better management strategies.

PRINCIPLE 4:

Balance Multiple Prioirties

Water is a finite resource that is essential to the ecological, economic and social wellbeing of the Okanagan, and must be shared between all human uses and the needs of the natural environment. Communities must work together to prioritize how water is allocated during times of short supply, basing decisions on science as well as social and economic values.

PRINCIPLE 5:

Everyone Speaks - Everyone Listens

Clear and open communication is essential for sustaining public commitment to water stewardship. Water management in the Okanagan must involve all stakeholders and partners – from citizens and business interests to decision makers at all levels of government, including First Nations – taking action and coordinating efforts throughout the watershed.