Kelowna – Water Sustainability Action Plan

Water is a hot topic across North America at the moment, with various parts of Canada calling for a national water strategy, some cities on America literally running out of water, and general apathy from residents to do anything about it.

It’s great to see Kelowna stepping up to the plate to take control where provincial or federal governments should be…. 

In early 2007, Kelowna City Council endorsed the Water Utility?s goal of reducing city-wide water use by 15% by the year 2012. We are developing initiatives to help residents and business reduce their water consumption, but the plan also includes a commitment to:

  • Reduce water consumption at all City-owned facilities by 15%
  • Parks Division initiatives to reduce irrigation by 15%
  • Develop water efficient landscaping and irrigation bylaws and standards for all new development

Get Water Smart – Water Sustainability Action Plan


Kelowna is hot and dry in summer, with a moderate to high fire risk in most summers. As Australians facing drought have figured out, gardens are less important than drinking water. 

With impending water demand management in Castlegar, it will be interesting to see how an action plan is formulated.

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.