Southeast Kelowna watering restrictions lifted after important repaired

(UPDATE: Sept. 16 @ 8:55 am): A ruptured transmission main has been repaired, allowing the Stage 4 watering restrictions in place in southeast Kelowna and Crawford to be lifted.

The areas are now on Stage 1, or normal year-round watering restrictions, where irrigation can now occur up to three times a week.

“We appreciate the conservation efforts of residents in this area as we dealt with the issue and allowed the reservoir to fill,” said Patrick Aylard, the project manager.

Under Stage 1 watering restrictions:

  • Properties with an odd number address may water yards and lawns on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; even-numbered addresses may water on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. No properties are to water on Mondays.
  • Automatic underground irrigation systems may run between 12 am (midnight) and 6 am up to three days a week.
  • Manual sprinklers can operate between 6 am and 10 am OR 7 p.m. and 12 am (midnight) on the assigned day, up to three days a week.

For more information about the updated year-round watering restrictions and the different water providers in Kelowna, visit kelowna.ca/water.

(Original story: Sept. 15 @ 6:30 pm): The City of Kelowna has implemented stage four water restrictions for all properties in the Crawford area and southeast Kelowna, except Hall Road.

It’s effective immediately and due to a burst pipe, which occurred when Emil Anderson Construction was tapping a new connection into the main.

All water supply to southeast Kelowna has been coming from storage since late this morning.

“We need residents and business owners in this area to only use water indoors as needed for the time being,” says Patrick Aylard, senior project manager.

“Crews are on site working on repairs so that the restrictions can be lifted as soon as possible. Once repairs are complete, the reservoirs need time to refill.”

Immediate stage 4 watering restrictions for southeast Kelowna and Crawford https://t.co/Aurx6PLPxP

— City of Kelowna (@cityofkelowna) September 15, 2020

For affected residents, that means strict water use restrictions is necessary and water may only be used indoors as needed for drinking, cooking and sanitary purposes, as well as to ensure the health of livestock.

Outdoor watering like watering the lawn and garden is prohibited until further notice, although the restrictions don’t apply to the non-potable water system (former Sekid system).

A stage four water restriction prohibits the use of supplied water for the following purposes:

  • Lawn and aesthetic garden watering including automatic sprinkler systems and hand-held watering.
  • Cleaning outdoor surfaces including driveways, decks, patios and artificial turf.
  • Washing vehicles, boats, ATV’s and any other form of automobiles.
  • Filling or refilling pools, garden ponds or any other form of water features.
  • Watering food gardens, fruit trees and shrubs.
  • Irrigation of municipal parks, sports fields and artificial turf.

Any residents with programmable irrigation systems are asked to adjust their timer or use the rain delay function to ensure irrigation doesn’t take place during this time.

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