Superhero issues challenge to Cowichan

Cowichan water conservationists called in a superhero to kick off a Valley wide challenge Saturday, July 12.

Cowichan leaders gathered on the stage at Duncan’s City Square to welcome Water Woman and add some fun to a serious event.

Cowichan Watershed Board members, Rob Hutchins (CVRD chair and Ladysmith Mayor), Ian Morrison (Area F director), Ross Forrest (Lake Cowichan Mayor), Tim Kulchyski and Debra Toporowski (Cowichan Tribes) as well as David Slade and Dr. Lorna Medd were joined on stage by Duncan Mayor Phil Kent and Coun. Michelle Staples.

Hutchins was especially proud to see everyone join the Cowichan Water Conservation Challenge because his Town of Ladysmith is a water conservation leader and Kulchyski knows first hand the serious effect of drought on the Cowichan River.

Low snowpack, a dry spring and early summer combined to see Cowichan Lake at its lowest at this time of year since 1956 when the weir at Lake Cowichan was built.

Flow in the Cowichan River has been reduced to about 70 per cent of normal flow to save water.

The idea is for other communities to meet or beat Ladysmith’s domestic water usage.

Water Woman was ready to help out, too.

Dressed in a flamboyant costume, she had capes ready for her cohorts as they prepared to step out into the City Square crowd and sign up new people for their Valley conservation challenge.

What did they need to promise to do?

The list was short and the tasks not difficult, either, she said.

They include testing your toilets for leaks; waiting for a full load to run dishwashers or washing machines; letting your lawn go brown; turning off water when brushing teeth or rinsing dishes; mulching your trees and garden plants and respecting watering restrictions.

Even on a sweltering afternoon, the caped crew got about 100 pledges.

To learn more about the challenge check out cowichan Facebook: CowichanWaterChallenge.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Cowichan Capitals add two points to lead over Clippers

Tensions between rivals come to a head in third period

Work has started on Malahat Skywalk, expected completion in 2021

$15-million project expected to open in spring, 2021

Baby Bear statue returned to be reunited with Mama and Papa

Culprit left it near the Henry Road roundabout in Chemainus with a note attached

Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre launches new project

The Nature Centre’s goal is to continue to engage the local community

Isles offence picks up against Peninsula

Kerry Park better at both ends of the ice in winless weekend

VIDEO: Feds look to help 126 Canadians quarantined in China for coronavirus

China has confirmed more than 4,500 cases of the new virus, with more than 100 deaths

Off-duty Nanaimo Mountie takes down would-be ice cream thief

Suspect attempted to steal Dilly Bars from Dairy Queen location on Sunday

Sap thief taps Saanich park maple trees, faces hefty fine

One tree found with four taps in Mount Doug Park

Nanaimo man hit with pole in dispute over off-leash dog

RCMP say no charges recommended at this time

Was there a tornado on Vancouver Island Monday?

Suspected phone app glitch gives eerie warning

B.C. reports first coronavirus in Vancouver region

First patient visited Wuhan, China, reported symptoms

Uber threatens legal action to ‘defend its right’ to operate in Surrey

‘I have no concerns,’ Mayor Doug McCallum replies

Victoria resident says WestJet employee uttered racist comment, refused to let her on plane

Customer claims she was told ‘You guys can’t handle your alcohol’ by WestJet employee

Bystander who tried to help dog being attacked not liable for its death: B.C. tribunal

Owner of dog killed tried to get $5,000 in damages from man who tried to save it

Most Read