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Town giving out free conservation kits to cut water use
The Town of Osoyoos is once again giving away free water and energy saving kits at the Sonora Community Centre on a first-come, first-served basis.
The “Tap by Tap” program provides easy-to-install faucet fixtures to help B.C. residents save water, energy and money.
Tap by Tap Okanagan-Similkameen, a program by City Green Solutions, is sponsored by FortisBC and is being run in Osoyoos, Oliver, Keremeos, Penticton, Summerland, Kelowna and Princeton.
Each kit includes a water-saving showerhead, aerators for kitchen and bathroom taps as well as a FortisBC waterproof shower timer to encourage people to take shorter showers. Some double kits are available for larger homes.
Casey Brouwer, community programmer with the town, said the program got off to slightly late start in Osoyoos, but people have started picking up the kits.
In total, the town received 150 kits, Brouwer said.
By cutting down on the water flow, people use less water and they also don’t use as much electricity for their hot water heaters.
One third of the energy used in a typical home goes to heating water, an amount only exceeded by space heating, Tap by Tap says in a news release.
Low-flow fixtures can reduce water consumption by 20 to 50 per cent, which can reduce energy bills by $40 to $100 a year, Tap by Tap says.
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