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Hot and dry weather in Lake Country prompts watering restrictions

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September 01, 2017 - 5:34 PM

LAKE COUNTRY - To maintain services in Lake Country, outdoor watering has been restricted to two days a week.

No rainfall and lower than normal water levels in the upland watersheds has led the District of Lake Country to restrict outdoor watering, according to a District of Lake Country release issued today, Sep. 1.

A letter will provide details about the watering restrictions for agricultural properties and seasonal irrigation water customers. Water from the Beaver Lake source, which supplies some crops, will be permitted to irrigate as absolutely necessary.

“It’s been quite a year for water impacts from natural disasters and hot weather. Because of our naturally hot and dry climate, we have faced water shortages in the past and we will face them in the future,” said Mayor James Baker.  “The Okanagan has been at Drought Level 2 since the third week of August and Lake Country participates in the Make Water Work program coordinated by the Okanagan Basin Water Board to encourage all residents to make wise use of our water resources and conserve as much as possible. Just the simple act of watering in the cool of the evening makes every drop count.”

The system is being assessed and weather impacts are being monitored by district water utility staff to provide basic water service for potable supply, fire protection and agricultural irrigation. To ensure there is enough water, residential and commercial properties must restrict their outdoor watering to a maximum of twice per week.

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