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Greater Vernon Water Supply Update

Posted Thursday, August 3, 2017

Stage 1 outdoor water use restrictions remain in place as per Greater Vernon Water Use and Regulation Bylaw No. 2545, 2014. Duteau Creek water reservoir readings taken on August 1, 2017, show that the reservoirs are still below normal levels.  Precipitation in June and July was very low and we are experiencing increased water demands.  As a regional system, Greater Vernon Water (GVW) has the benefit of accessing multiple sources for agriculture water and Kalamalka Lake and Duteau Creek to meet potable water demands. Operational changes have been made to increase the amount of water supplied from Kalamalka Lake and offset demand from the Duteau Reservoirs.  Nonetheless, the amount of water that GVW can use from Kalamalka Lake is limited by our system capacity and hence Stage 1 Restrictions are needed.

Residents and businesses are asked to do what they can to help conserve water.  Efforts made now will help sustain supplies for farms, fish, and fighting fires during what is expected to be a continued hot and dry summer.  While average water consumption from July 21-31 was 4% lower than the consumption from July 1-20, our goal is to reduce demand by 10%.

Under Stage 1 Restrictions, outdoor irrigation is allowed 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

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.

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 demands to assess our water supply status; updates are posted online at www.rdno.ca/waterrestrictions.  For water conservation tips, visit www.rdno.ca/waterwise or contact our office.