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To report restrictions violations, contact [email protected] or call 250-550-3700.

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Normal, year-round water restrictions are now in effect.

Most lawns, shrubs, and trees only need to be watered once a week. Customers may choose to irrigate outdoors as follows:

  • ODD ADDRESS NUMBER - Tuesday, Thursday, and/or Saturday
  • EVEN ADDRESS NUMBER - Wednesday, Friday, and/or Sunday
  • Automatic timer irrigation may operate between the hours of 12am-6am
  • Manual sprinklers (moved by hand) may be used between the hours of 6am-10am and 7pm-12am
  • Drip irrigation may operate anytime
  • Customers using a watering can or hose with spring-loaded nozzle may water anytime

Click here for a quick reference guide to the restrictions – copies are also available from the RDNO office at 9848 Aberdeen Road, Coldstream.

Customers should note the following:

  • A higher level of restrictions may be instituted due to drought or emergency

Reservoir levels are used as one factor in determining restriction stage, along with weather forecasts and customer demand levels.

Drought is a fact of life for residents of the Okanagan Valley. Greater Vernon Water has a Drought Management Plan (DMP) in place to help deal with the effects of drought on our water supply. A Drought Response Team was created in 2010 to help review the DMP and recommend revised Water Use Restrictions.  Details on the restrictions can be found here along with the Drought Management Plan:

The Drought Stakeholder Working Group has put in many hours of work and has provided valuable input on the impact of drought on our community. Group members represented a range of community volunteers including businesses in the hospitality, manufacturing, and landscaping sectors, agricultural producers, government agencies, and resident representatives.  A community survey and Open House was held in 2012 for residents to ask questions and provide comments in advance of the new restriction stages being incorporated into bylaw.  The Terms of Reference for participation in this group can be viewed by clicking here.

These restrictions are a tool to help customers be waterwise.  Most lawns only need 2.5 cm (1 inch) of water per week, which can be measured by putting a pie plate under your sprinkler.  Running a sprinkler for a maximum of 20 minutes in any one spot is a good rule of thumb to give water time to absorb into the soil, so if you still need more watering time to give your plants a full inch in the pie plate plan to water twice a week.   Visit the Water Conservation page for more tips on waterwise gardening and indoor water efficiency.


Please direct enquiries to:
Phone: 250-550-3700
Fax:     250-550-3701
E-mail: [email protected]