One degree makes a difference

Penticton continues steps to conserve natural gas

Penticton city hall wants to remind of the steps the city is taking to reduce natural gas usage at city facilities.

In response to the Oct. 9 rupture of the Enbridge-owned natural gas pipeline in northern B.C., the City of Penticton joined other communities in introducing conservation measures in an effort to offset the risk of a province-wide gas shortage.

Related:Enbridge says it’s increasing gas flows in repaired B.C. pipeline

One facility of particular focus was the pool at the Community Centre, where temperatures have been reduced in the various swimming pools. The main pool, which was set to about 81 F (27.2 C), is now reduced to about 80 F (26.7 C). The leisure pool and hot tub have also been lowered by about one degree.

The air temperature in the pool and change room areas remains the same, however.

Gas reduction measures will remain in place for the duration of the shortage. The city is in weekly contact with Fortis to evaluate our gas-reduction efforts and monitor the gas supply situation. The lowered temperatures will continue until Fortis gives city hall the go-ahead to return heating to regular operating temperatures.

More information is available online at or from the city at 250-490-2500.

Related:FortisBC tests ‘virtual pipeline’ following Enbridge explosion

Related:FortisBC warns extended cold snap could lead to natural gas shortage

Steve Kidd
Senior reporter, Penticton Western News
Email me or message me on Facebook
Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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

Just Posted

‘Resistance’ from Interior Health puts races in Penticton on hold

It’s unknown if races planned for this weekend at the Penticton Speedway will take place

Oliver town hall reopens to public as COVID-19 test comes back negative

Oliver Town Hall was closed briefly as a staff member showed multiple COVID-19 symptoms

RCMP to investigate hate-motivated vandalism in Summerland

Swastikas and other graffiti spray painted on house and at bandshell

AlleyCATS Okanagan: Pet of the week

Add a little Spritz and Cider to your summer

Penticton Vees snag ‘impact’ forward Fin Williams from Prince George

17-year-old already has impressive Junior A resume

Recent surge in COVID-19 cases not unexpected amid Phase Three of reopening: B.C.’s top doc

Keep circles small, wear masks and be aware of symptoms, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

Fundraiser kick-started for Vernon woman battling tongue cancer

Woman’s four-year-old twins are the driving force behind her fight

B.C. NDP changing WorkSafeBC regulations to respond to COVID-19

Employers say reclassifying coronavirus could be ‘ruinous’

Lake Country beachgoers reminded to maintain distance amid COVID-19

Signage, park rangers, park patrol students in place to monitor busy beaches in Central Okanagan

Statistical flaws led to B.C. wolf cull which didn’t save endangered caribou as estimated

Study finds statistical flaws in an influential 2019 report supporting a wolf cull

Baby raccoon rescued from 10-foot deep drainage pipe on Vancouver Island

‘Its cries were loud, pitiful and heartbreaking,’ Saanich animal control officer says

Vancouver Island RCMP respond to reports of man masturbating on bus

52-year-old man charged with committing an indecent act in a public place

B.C. man who went by ‘Doctor Ray Gaglardi’ charged with sex assault of teenage boys

The man, 75, is accused of assaulting teenage boys he met through Coquitlam-area churches

B.C.’s potential deficit $12.5 billion as spending spikes, taxes drop

Finance Minister Carole James gives COVID-19 outlook

Most Read