Ag water shutoff nears

For those on the agricultural water service in the region, it is a sure sign that summer is coming to an end.

The Regional District of North Okanagan sent out a notice Tuesday reminding agricultural water customers that the annual turn-off process starts on Monday, Sept. 16. 

"This process takes approximately two weeks to reach all customers," said Kari Cameron, executive assistant for corporate and administrative services in the release.

"Many water services suffered freezing damage last winter. To avoid the cost of repairing or replacing your water meter or backflow preventer, please winterize your service."

It is the customer’s responsibility to protect the meter and backflow prevention device from freezing, Cameron said. Equipment should be drained after turn-off and covered or removed for storage. 

"Do not blow high pressure air through the meter or backflow preventer as this could damage the equipment," she said.

Instructions for winterizing your equipment can be found at www.rdno.ca/ccc.

Customers may apply for late turn-off, which allows customers to use water at the allocation fee rate until Oct. 16, Cameron said. Applications can be found at www.rdno.ca or picked up at the RDNO office. 

A $75 application fee applies. Requests for late turn-off received on or after Sept. 16 will be subject to an additional $50 operator service fee to cover the cost to send out a staff member to the service a second time.

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