B.C. desert mayor urges new think­ing on wa­ter use across the province

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

Could you take a three-minute shower?

The mayor of a desert town in Bri­tish Columbia says peo­ple across the province need to de­velop a dif­fer­ent mind­set over wa­ter use in the face of cur­rent drought-like con­di­tions.

Osoy­oos Mayor Sue McKortoff says she’s been watch­ing the sit­u­a­tion in Metro Van­cou­ver, where cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have en­acted strict rules on wa­ter use be­cause to drop­ping reser­voir lev­els.

She says while the media is get­ting the mes­sage out to res­i­dents on how to cut back, peo­ple must still de­velop a dif­fer­ent mind­set and be­come aware of what they’re ac­tu­ally us­ing.

McKortoff — who of­ten takes a three-minute shower _ says peo­ple need to pay at­ten­tion to how much wa­ter it takes to flush toi­lets, wash clothes, run dish­wash­ers and brush teeth.

Osoy­oos, 400 kilo­me­tres east of Van­cou­ver, is sur­rounded by the south Okana­gan’s Great-Basin Desert with or­chards, vine­yards, and home to western rat­tlesnakes and wind scor­pi­ons.

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