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Oliver urges water conservation after irrigation system repair

A rock slide damaged an irrigation pipe damaged near Oliver.
A rock slide damaged an irrigation pipe damaged near Oliver.

The Town of Oliver and the B.C. government recently spent about $1 million to fix a damaged irrigation pipe that helped supply water to thousands of acres of orchards, vineyards and ground crops in the Oliver area.

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Now the town is asking water users to be conscientious of their water use, to avoid overloadingĀ repaired irrigation system.

When repairs finished in April, town officials said the new system wouldn’t have the same capacity as the old one.

“To date we cannot tell exactly what our limits are until we start getting closer to our peak usage,” according to a Town of Oliver news release.

Staff caution if too much water is used, pressure will drop and farmers and orchardists may not be able to irrigate their land properly.

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If that happens, the town will restrict water usage.

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