Board an­nounces con­test win­ners

Penticton Herald - - OKANAGAN - By Okana­gan Week­end Staff

The Okana­gan Basin Wa­ter Board’s an­nual wa­ter-con­ser­va­tion cam­paign was re­ward­ing for three Okana­gan res­i­dents.

Kelsey Pow­ell of Ver­non, Pam Kirstiuk of Lake Coun­try and Sum­mer­land’s Holly Dun­lop each won prizes in the an­nual Make Wa­ter Work cam­paign.

The cam­paign asks lo­cal res­i­dents to pledge to con­serve wa­ter.

Pow­ell won $500 in WaterWise ir­ri­ga­tion ma­te­rial from ProSource Ir­ri­ga­tion Sup­ply. Kirstiuk won $500 in drought-tol­er­ant turf ma­te­rial from Eco Turf Farms. Dun­lop won $500 in plant ma­te­rial from the Make Wa­ter Work Plant Col­lec­tion cour­tesy of Grass­lands Nurs­ery.

“We put in a raised bed for veg­gies this year but we re­ally wanted to ex­pand our gar­den,” said Pow­ell in a news re­lease. “Putting in the right ir­ri­ga­tion will make sure wa­ter is get­ting to only what needs it.”

Kirstiuk said she planted a num­ber of drought-tol­er­ant plants and has in-ground ir­ri­ga­tion and drip ir­ri­ga­tion in her gar­den beds. Re­do­ing a small part of her yard with drought-tol­er­ant turf “is the last part of the yard that needs do­ing.”

Dun­lop, who lives in an apart­ment and helps with the gar­den­ing there, do­nated her prize to friend Melissa John­son, also from Sum­mer­land, who has been xeriscap­ing her yard.

A to­tal of 603 peo­ple en­tered the con­test, a 33 per cent in­crease over last year.

Arm­strong won the com­mu­nity award for most pledges per capita.

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