Watering Restrictions for RDOS Water Systems
May 9, 2019 RDOS Passed a New Region-Wide Water Regulation Bylaw.
Watering restrictions for residential users are based on the water system’s infrastructure and its ability to keep up to the demand for treated, potable water by residents. This includes purveying potable water to all sectors; residential, agricultural, and commercial users on each system.
The newly redesigned RDOS Watering Restrictioins called Stages have been streamlined as much as possible in each of the RDOS owned or operated water systems, while taking into account any unique system features. Water Restriction Stages are now: Stages Normal, 1, 2, 3, and 4.
Stage Normal is the new year-round Stage for all systems. The water systems all stay in Stage Normal until water demand or availability during the warmer seasons requires additional water conservation. See below for Stage Normal and note that hand held watering is allowed at any time.
Note:Agricultural Irrigation Connections in Naramata will usually be turned on Mid-April of each year depending on the weather. Notices will go out ahead of time to confirm the irrigation turn on dates. If you require an alternate irrigation turn on date, please contact the office at 250-490-4135.
During the summer of 2015, the Province of BC imposed Drought Levels in most of the southern half of the province due to the extreme hot and dry conditions. This caused confusion for many residents, as they saw conflicting numbers and descriptors of the situation. The need to clarify the differences between Local Government water system Stages (drinking water) and Provincial Drought Response Levels is important.
Provincial Drought Levels are based on environmental flow needs in creeks and rivers. They monitor volume flows ensuring there is enough water to support fish viability. Fish viability depends on maintaining adequate water volumes in creeks, at the right temperature, in order for fish to move through their life cycle. Provincial Drought Levels are good indicators of the overall climate situation in each region, and each of the 4 Levels indicate the severity and the conservation response recommended.
Continue to check back to this page throughout the season, to stay informed of what ‘Stage’ your community is operating under and for helpful ideas on water conservation.