News Release – Stage 2 Water Restrictions in Effect

News Release – Stage 2 Water Restrictions in Effect

STAGE 2 WATER RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT

For Immediate Release
July 14, 2021
 

Town of Oliver Water System Customers and Rural Irrigation System Users

 
Stage 2 Water Use Restrictions are now in effect for Town of Oliver Water System customers. This includes properties within the:
  – Town of OIiver
  – Portions of RDOS Electoral Area ‘C’
 
Under Stage 2, residents are asked to restrict their irrigating to two days a week using even and odd house numbering as a guideline. This applies to all InTown and Rural water customers that use domestic groundwater and surface (canal) water for irrigation. By being waterwise now and making small adjustments we can help safeguard that we will have enough water for our summer water needs.
 
Odd Numbered Houses Wednesday and Saturday
Even Numbered Houses Tuesday and Friday
 
At this time agricultural customers (farm status) may continue to water to maintain the health of their crops but are being asked to voluntarily reduce consumption by an additional 20% (total 30%), by monitoring for leaks and reducing watering during the heat of the day if possible.
 
Residents are encouraged to adjust their residential underground irrigation systems to water lawns, trees and shrubs between midnight and 7:00 a.m. on their watering day. Extra hand watering is permitted for personal gardens, trees and shrubs.
 
The Town is stepping up education to ensure there is no confusion about when watering can occur. Public Works Crews and Bylaw Enforcement are visiting properties who may be in violation of the water restrictions. Noncompliant properties can be fined $275 through Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw 1406.
 
There is little doubt the Okanagan is on the front lines of climate change, shifting between flooding and drought, and extreme fire seasons. Okanagan municipalities are working to find solutions to Make Water Workand preparing water users to ensure a sustainable water supply for our valley. Visit makewaterwork.ca or okwaterwise.ca for more information.
 
Inquiries:
Public Works
250 485 6213

 

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