Chilcotin Road elementary school Grade 7 student Rachel Glessing presents Mayor Kerry Cook with information on the Water Wise program after giving a presentation to council Tuesday.

Chilcotin Road elementary school Grade 7 student Rachel Glessing presents Mayor Kerry Cook with information on the Water Wise program after giving a presentation to council Tuesday.

Lakecity water reduction pays off

Lakecity water conservation awareness working in WIlliams Lake, resulting in a 20 per cent reduction of water consumption since 2006.

Many of the little boxes on my wall calendar seem to come with that little bit of writing at the bottom indicating a day of some significance,  Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, Hanukkah, even the last day to file taxes is printed on my 2013 calendar.

With most of us running madly from one day to the next, it helps to have the calendar tell you why this particular day is special, reminding you it is the shortest or longest day, Nunavut Day or St. Patrick’s Day.

March 22 is one of those marked days, World Water Day. I am glad water has its own day. Without water we have nothing else.

Williams Lake has much to celebrate this World Water Day.

The most recent figures show a drop in city water consumption of 20 per cent over the last six years, with most of this attributed to residential conservation.

Why is this significant? Our city water comes from a confined aquifer deep underground throughout most of the valley.

Concerns about the aquifer first surfaced publicly in 2007 with the information that water levels in the aquifer around the Scout Island well fields had been dropping  for many years.

With no other easy water source available, it became evident that the integrity of the aquifer must be maintained for the future well being of the city.

At that stage the best options were to find and fix any leaks in the system and to encourage water conservation — it is known that Canadians and particularly Cariboo residents use far more water than most other world citizens.

So the Water Wise program was initiated by the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society in partnership with the City of Williams Lake and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

This is a community-wide education program, focused on water conservation as well as water protection. There is a strong school-based component that includes class sessions and field trips, both to see the city water and sewage systems, as well as trips focused around watershed health. Radio ads and community events inform the public of the need to preserve and protect our water supply.

And it has worked. Residents started to respond almost immediately and water consumption has been dropping since 2006.

Even accounting for factors such as weather and population level fluctuations, the drop is still dramatic, reflecting the cumulative efforts from individuals, families and businesses.

So what does all this mean for the health of the aquifer? Currently, monitoring wells show the aquifer water level now appears to be stable. Recharge into the aquifer is thought to be just about equal to what is drawn out.

So while we all still have to be very careful with this resource, it is worth a round of applause to the whole community for their continuing conservation efforts this World Water Day.

Two hundred and eighty two more little calendar squares to go….

For more information on Water Wise or Waste Wise, contact CCCS  at  sustain@ccconserv.org or visit the website at www.cconserv.org.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A health worker holds a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered to members of the police at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Mainz, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
43 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health

368 cases in the region remain active

Cariboo Memorial Hospital emergency doctor Sarah Dressler comes off a night shift on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Our Hometown: The doctor is in the house

Cariboo Memorial Hospital emergency doctor Sarah Dressler was born and raised in Williams Lake

The Williams Lake Trail Riders Arena is slated to have a new roof installed this spring after funding from the province’s Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Trail Riders Arena, stable stalls, to get new roof at Stampede Grounds

Some of the stalls currently aren’t able to be rented out due to leaks in the roof

A sign is seen this past summer outside Yunesit’in Government office west of Williams Lake reminding visitors and members to stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
Yunesit’in First Nation completes second round of vaccinations

A total of 26 people have since recovered from COVID-19 after having tested positive

A 100 Mile RCMP officer stands watch at the intersction of Highway 97 and Horse Lake Road. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Volunteers, police search Highway 97 for articles related to high-speed chase

Search will stretch from Canco Gas Station in Lac La Hache to 150 Mile House.

Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Dr. Bonnie Henry pauses for a moment as she gives her daily media briefing regarding COVID-19 for British Columbia in Victoria, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
7 additional deaths and 542 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.

Provincial health officials reported 18 new COVID-19 cases linked to variants of concern

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Backcountry skiers are dwarfed by the mountains as they make their way along a mountain ridge near McGillivray Pass Lodge located in the southern Chilcotin Mountains of British Columbia, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. Avalanche Canada has issued a special warning to people who use the backcountry in the mountains of western Alberta and eastern British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Avalanche Canada special warning for mountains in western Alberta, eastern B.C.

Avalanche Canada also says everyone in a backcountry party needs essential rescue gear

A recently finished $4.3-million taxiway extension at the Victoria International Airport (not pictured) is unusable because of a blind spot. (Black Press Media file photo)
Blind spot leaves Victoria airport’s new $4.3-million taxiway extension unusable

Solution has been put on hold by COVID-19 pandemic, says airport authority

The City of Vancouver estimates there are 3,500 Canada geese in the city right now, and that number is growing. (Bruce Hogarth)
Help tame Vancouver’s Canada goose population by reporting nests: park officials

The city is asking residents to be on the lookout so staff can remove nests or addle eggs

Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson (Office of the Chief Justice)
Judge questions whether B.C.’s top doctor appreciated right to religious freedom

Lawyer for province says Dr. Henry has outlined the reasons for her orders publicly

A sample of guns seized at the Pacific Highway border crossing from the U.S. into B.C. in 2014. Guns smuggled from the U.S. are used in criminal activity, often associated with drug gangs. (Canada Border Service Agency)
B.C. moves to seize vehicles transporting illegal firearms

Bill bans sale of imitation or BB guns to young people

BC Housing minister David Eby is concerned that Penticton council’s decision to close a local homeless shelter will result in a “tent city” similar to this one in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / Black Press file)
‘Disappointed and baffled’ B.C. housing minister warns of tent city in Penticton

Penticton council’s decision to close a local homeless shelter could create tent city, says David Eby

A recently published study out of UBC has found a link between life satisfaction levels and overall health. (Pixabay)
Satisfied with life? It’s likely you’re healthier for it: UBC study

UBC psychologists have found those more satisfied with their life have a 26% reduced risk of dying

Most Read