New water restrictions in place

New water restrictions in place in Keremeos. Drought conditions becoming more severe.

The Keremeos Irrigation District announced

increased water restrictions about a week after the

province designated the area in a Level 4 Drought

rating.

“In response to the Level 4 drought rating by the

Province and the near record low stream flows for

the Similkameen, the Keremeos Irrigation District

advises its customers that Stage 2 water restrictions

are in effect until further notice,” a Tuesday morning

press release from the KID stated.

Under the new restrictions daytime watering is no

longer allowed.

Residents may only water between the night time

hours of 7 p.m. to mid-morning at 10 a.m.

The same rules apply for residential properties in

regards to watering on the calendar days corresponding

with the physical street address. Even numbered

houses water on even days, odd on odd.

The District also requires that its agricultural

customers reduce their water consumption by a

minimum 30% under the Provinces request.

Properties 2 acres or more in size in the

Agricultural Land Reserve with a district irrigation

connection and appropriate flow restrictor and

who meet the farm status classification with BC

Assessment Authority are exempt from these restrictions

for watering their commercial crops only.

Underground irrigation systems on an automatic

timer shall be permitted to water between the hours

12 a.m. and 6 a.m. only on the calendar days corresponding

with their odd or even street addresses.

The number of sprinklers which may operate

during the permitted hours based on the size of the

property are as follows:

0 – .25 acres – 1 sprinkler

26 – .50 acres – 2 sprinklers

51 – .75 acres – 3 sprinklers

76 – 100 acres – 4 sprinklers

Those found not to comply with the restrictions

could face a fine.

At Level 4 drought rating, conditions are extremely

dry. Further declines in stream, lake and aquifer

levels could lead to water shortages and affect people,

industry such as agriculture, wildlife, and fish

stocks. All water users, including those who

access groundwater, are urged to maximize their

water conservation efforts.

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