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New water use restrictions for City of Kelowna customers

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New water use restrictions for City of Kelowna customers – Apr 19, 2016

KELOWNA – Changes have been made to water use restrictions for people who are customers of the City of Kelowna utility.

On a year-round basis, properties with an odd number address can water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and those with an even address number can water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Automatic timer sprinkler systems are restricted to between midnight and 6 a.m. up to three days per week.

Manual sprinkling is restricted to 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. and midnight up to three days per week.

Watering is not allowed at all on Mondays.

Tougher watering restrictions could be imposed if drought conditions are experienced.

“There are several advantages to a system of fixed watering days over the odd/even address calendar system that was implemented in the summer of 2015,” says Kelowna Utility Services Manager Kevin Van Vliet in a news release. “This approach is still effective in reducing peak water demand and reductions in overall water use.”

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It’s expected the other four water providers for Kelowna residents will bring in the same restrictions soon.

“These updates will help to ensure a consistent approach city-wide,” says Van Vliet. “Revisions have also been made to allow for bylaw fines to be issued when there are violations to the Water Use Restrictions Bylaw. These were developed in line with other municipalities in British Columbia.”

The City of Kelowna, which draws water from Okanagan Lake, imposed conservation measures more than 15 years ago when meters were installed and variable water rates imposed.

From 2003 to 2014, residential per capita water consumption was reduced by 20 per cent.

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