Water storage should be required for new homes

I have watched the wasting of water in the Valley for many years.

Re: “Now is the time to capture and retain water”, (Citizen, Dec. 2)

I have watched the wasting of water in the Valley for many years.

I say ‘wasting’ because it seems very few try to collect and store it for use in drought conditions.

Born and raised on the prairie, I saw different methods of conserving water.

Many people collected rain water in buckets or barrels placed at the eaves of houses. Houseplants flourish when watered by rain water. Our hair was shiny from rinsing it in rain water, not from chemical products.

Commonly, people had cisterns and/or dugouts to store water when it rained.

I wonder if that idea could be used here.

As John Empey wrote, the population continues to increase, many new homes are being built, further taxing our natural resources.

My suggestion is to require water storage facilities, such as a cistern, be built in every new house or on the property. It would be a start.

Time to think differently has come. Time to do something is now.


Judi Gedcke,

West of Duncan

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

Just Posted

After more than 2 weeks, still no sign of Ethan Sampson of Duncan

Still no sign of 28-year-old Cowichan Tribes man

Chemainus woman sets a new standard for 106-year-olds

Active lifestyle includes a trip to Scotland in the works for May

Local state of emergency ends in Cowichan Valley

No further threats of flooding in the Valley

Pressure builds for buses from Cowichan to ferry terminals

North Cowichan’s council now requesting bus connections be considered

VIDEO: 7 things you need to know about the 2020 B.C. budget

Surplus of $227 million with big spending on infrastructure and capital projects

Trees Cannabis director fined $1.5M for selling marijuana

Fine follows provincial crackdown on popular dispensary

World Cup skier from Okanagan dies suddenly at 19

Kuroda, who made his World Cup debut earlier this year, passed away suddenly Monday night.

Coastal GasLink pipeline investor committed to closing deal despite protests

Developer TC Energy Corp. — formerly TransCanada Corp. — is to remain the operator of the $6.6-billion pipeline

New highway proposed between Alberta and B.C.

The route would connect Red Deer to Kamloops

What’s in a name? The story of Revelstoke’s Mt. Begbie

It’s likely the iconic peak had several Indigenous peoples’ names before settlers arrived

Budget 2020: B.C. Liberals blast ‘Netflix tax,’ lack of economic plan

ICBC rates still go up, except in election year, Shirley Bond says

Teen snowmobiler from Kelowna found after air force’s overnight search

The teen had been missing since just after 6 p.m. on Monday

Two law enforcement trucks ‘deliberately’ set on fire in northern B.C., RCMP say

Police say they have video evidence of a person in the area of the truck fires

Most Read