Water restrictions now apply

The City of Penticton wants to remind citizens that it's time to start thinking about your water usage again. 

In order to mitigate potential drought, the city has implemented Stage 1 water use restrictions which run every year from May 1 to August 31, with further levels of restrictions to be added as summer progresses if necessary.

“Dry conditions in the South Okanagan region are a month ahead of normal,” said water quality supervisor, Micheal Firlotte. “The snow pack is at 69 per cent and all low to mid elevation melt has occurred, with upper elevation melt beginning now.”

Stage 1 restrictions mean that landscaping can be irrigated at even-numbered street addresses on even-numbered days of the month, and vice versa for odd-numbered addresses. 

“We can expect run off and very dry conditions in May to July as stream flows are also ahead of normal,” Firlotte said.

Manual sprinklers are allowed to run 6 to 8 a.m. and 7 to 10 p.m., and automatic sprinklers are permitted 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. beginning on your allotted calendar day.

For more information on the restrictions, click here. 

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