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Greater Vernon Water Stage 1 Water Restrictions

Posted Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) wishes to inform customers of Greater Vernon Water (GVW) that Stage 1 outdoor water use restrictions are now in place as per the Greater Vernon Water Use and Regulation Bylaw No. 2545, 2014.

Residents and businesses may water outdoors up to three (3) days per week before 10:00am or after 7:00pm as follows:

  • ODD ADDRESS NUMBER - Tuesday, Thursday, and/or Saturday
  • EVEN ADDRESS NUMBER - Wednesday, Friday, and/or Sunday
  • Outdoor watering on Mondays IS NOT PERMITTED

Duteau Creek water reservoir readings taken by GVW staff on July 19, 2017, show that the reservoirs have dropped below normal levels despite reaching maximum reservoir capacity in early May.  In a typical year, we can rely on snow melt and wetter, cooler weather in June to keep our reservoir levels high before the peak water demand months of July and August.  Precipitation in June was very low and we are experiencing increased water demands.

Based on forecasts for continued hot and dry weather, GVW urges customers to use water wisely and choose alternatives to using water when possible.  For example:

  • Use a broom or blower for driveway clean up.
  • Use a bucket for washing vehicles or a hose with an automatic off trigger nozzle.

At Stage 1 Water Restrictions, we ask customers to do what they can to conserve water and voluntarily reduce water use by 10%.  If Stage 2 Restrictions are needed, we will shift from voluntary conservation to a mandatory 20% reduction. 
Conservation can be as simple as adjusting your lawn care routine - most lawns only need water once a week.  Other ways you can conserve water include:

  • Water in the evening or early morning to reduce water loss to evaporation.
  • Water lawns once a week to encourage deep, healthy roots.  Put a tuna can or pie plate under the sprinkler and time how long it takes to fill – that’s how long you need to run the sprinkler to give your lawn a healthy watering.
  • Check underground sprinklers monthly to ensure you are watering plants, not pavement.

GVW thanks customers in advance for their efforts to use water wisely. GVW will continue to monitor climate trends and customer water demand to assess our water supply status.  Please visit our website at www.rdno.ca/waterwise to learn more about water conservation or contact our office.