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!
This site explains municipal water
Burnaby Water Restrictions Information
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