Clarification sought on figures

Two residents of Ashcroft wonder if townspeople really use as much water as is claimed.

Dear Editor,

The following is an open letter sent to the Mayor and Council of the Village of Ashcroft.

We have just received and read the “Water Conservation Program” pamphlet that was delivered to our mailbox. We have several questions and would like clarification on information presented in the “Water Consumption” section.

Under this heading, it is reported that the average Canadian uses 270 litres of water per day, the average B.C. resident uses 350 litres of water per day, and the average Ashcroft resident uses 1,831 litres of water per day. Not only is this noted as an “average”, it also shows an inordinate variance in consumption and begs clarification.

1. What figures and calculations did the Village use to determine the “residential daily per litre” amount?

2. Does the total consumption of water per day include all water used in the Village?  In other words, does it also include water used to irrigate our parks?

3. Who is classified as a “resident?” Are we referring to households or individuals?  Are we including apartment dwellers and businesses?

4. How many “residents” were used to determine the figure quoted for Ashcroft?

5. Is the same calculation and data used to determine “per resident daily usage” in other municipalities? Are we comparing apples to apples?

6. Is our infrastructure sound? (i.e.: leaky pipes that allow water to leak into the ground and increase consumption figures).

As residents we believe we should be privy to this information, particularly when the amounts are so vastly different and we are looking at water conservation measures and a huge capital expenditure for water upgrades. It would also be interesting to have a “per resident daily usage” comparison between municipalities of similar climate and size. Yes, we do live in a “desert environment”, but so do residents of several other B.C. municipalities such as Osoyoos, Okanagan Falls, Keremeos, etc. What is their “per resident daily usage?”

Bruce and Andrea Walker




Just Posted

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Over 5K jabbed at Interior Health mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics

The clinics have made stops in more than 40 communities since launching last week

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interior Health COVID-19 cases falling slower than the rest of B.C.

More than a third of provincial cases announced Thursday came from the Interior

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Second dose vaccinations accelerating throughout region: Interior Health

To date, more than 675,000 doses have been administered throughout the region

Okanagan Lake (File photo)
Thompson-Okanagan ready to welcome back tourists

The Thompson-Okanagan Tourism Association expects this summer to be a busy one

Aerial view of a wildfire at 16 Mile, 11 kilometres northwest of Cache Creek, that started on the afternoon of June 15. (Photo credit: BC Wildfire Service)
Wildfire at 16 Mile now being held

Wildfire started on the afternoon of June 15 at 16 Mile, east of Highway 97

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Patrick O’Brien, a 75-year-old fisherman, went missing near Port Angeles Thursday evening. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard)
Search for lost fisherman near Victoria suspended, U.S. Coast Guard says

The 75-year-old man was reported missing Thursday evening

Most Read