Water usage in WestKelowna

How was it used in the past and now the present

By Anna-Maria Zoric

In the past, when the aboriginal peoples owned the land, water was considered sacred. It was a source of life, and the people saw it as a gift, its uses out of bathing and drinking, were cleansing and for spiritual uses.

As the Europeans started adventuring, water was started be just become something of every day use. Water transportation had become very important to the inhabitants, for goods and getting places.
  • The average Canadian uses about 330 liters of water a day.
  • Most of Canada s fresh water is located in British Colombia
  • Around 70% of the industrial waste is dumped into the water bodies where they pollute the usable water supply
  • Water pollution is the major cause of various diseases like cholera and typhoid
Kelowna is the most unique place in Canada, we have prime weather for acres of orchards, this is one place that is in extremely high demand for water.
The present day concerns will be our future concerns, but only once in a bad situation, will people start to realize the severity of the problem.
Obviously no one can see into the future, but something that most likely will be a concern is the purity, amount, and availability. Global warming is a very real problem, so in the future we may be on tighter water restrictions, or may have new laws surrounding it.
Water is taken for granted, its uses are mostly recreational, and the basics of drinking and bathing.