WATER RESTRICTIONS ELEVATED TO STAGE 1
Stage one watering restrictions are now in place for Glenmore Ellison Improvement District. (GEID)
Stage one conservation efforts require all water users to be mindful of the water they use in order to reduce overall demand by 10%. All water consumers should ensure that timing of irrigation matches assigned day watering schedule, fix leaking taps or pipes and reduce household water consumption such as dishwashers and washing machines during peak demand.
Assigned day watering restrictions remain in place, and residents are encouraged to reduce watering whenever possible and to avoid watering during peak hours of 10:00am to 7:00pm. This ensures that water delivery systems can keep up with the demand for drinking water, irrigation, and commercial use while still ensuring we can accommodate emergency situations such as fighting fires.
Below average snowpack and low spring precipitation in the Central Okanagan led to the Province declare Drought Level 2 at the end of May. Okanagan Lake is well below normal levels for this time of year. Should we continue to see the hot and dry weather and high water demand continue through the next few weeks, GEID will consider Stage 2 restrictions, which implements more drastic reduction in consumption.
As we head into July, we will be working directly with Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB), other local water purveyors and watching Okanagan water lake levels closely. By taking action now and being more vigilant about efficient water use, the potential to move to more severe stages is reduced."
Under the current 'Stage 1’ Water Restrictions:
Properties with an odd number address may water yards and lawns on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; even address numbers may water on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. No properties are to water on Mondays.
- Automatic underground irrigation systems may run between 12 a.m. (midnight) and 6 a.m. up to three days per week. For example, an odd numbered home can water anytime between 12 a.m. (midnight) and 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and/or Saturday.
- Manual sprinklers and handheld sprinkling (with a spring-loaded nozzle on hose or a with a watering can) can occur between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. and midnight on the assigned day, up to three days per week.
Agricultural irrigation users are reminded to be diligent with their water use and follow best practices in efficient agricultural irrigations. For more resources, visit www.obwb.ca/ag/
Annual District System Flushing:
Crews will perform annual water main flushing throughout the District from May 22 to August, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
System flushing is required to ensure optimum water quality and removes any sediment deposits that may accumulate over time. Watch for GEID Road Signs in your area during flushing periods.
Customers of GEID are advised that during these periods, you may experience lower than normal water pressure and some temporary discoloration when crews are working in your area. To avoid any inconvenience, please check your water clarity prior to use. If you experience discoloration, run your cold water taps until the water runs clear.
For any further information, please call the GEID office at 250-763-6506.