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  Weekly Feature: (September 5, 2003)

The Hot, Dry Summer of 2003
Cheryl's Weekly Feature



Summer in British Columbia this year has been long and hot. Way back in July and even June, the summer seemed promising, but who would have guessed we would be wishing and praying for rain in August!

During the first week of July, my family enjoyed a brief vacation in Kelowna. We played on the beach and at the water park every day and enjoyed the swimming pool at our hotel every evening. It has been hard to imagine that peaceful and fun city devastated by forest fires.

At the beginning of August, I took my children to different water parks and to Buntzen Lake. Towards the end of August, these fun summer destinations were closed due to the lack of water and the extreme forest fire hazard. When my children asked why they couldn’t run through the sprinkler on a hot day last week, it was hard to explain to them that there isn’t enough water available. My four year old son said, “Mommy you can just turn on the tap!”

Later, we went to White Rock to escape the heat. At least the ocean still has lots of water for summer fun. Sometimes it takes a summer heat wave and 850 forest fires to make us notice how much water we use and how much water we need. Maybe we should pray for rain.

Check out this site to find out facts about our water usage. The record daily use of water was one billion litres, enough water to fill BC Place Stadium!

GVRD Water Facts

This site explains municipal water restrictions:

Burnaby Water Restrictions Information




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