The District of Lake Country is tightening its water restrictions.
Outdoor watering will be allowed two days a week due to no rainfall and lower than normal levels of water in the upland watersheds.
Mayor James Baker says the Okanagan has been at Drought Level 2 since the third week of August, and residents have to use water wisely.
“It’s been quite a year for water impacts from natural disasters and hot weather,” says Baker. “Because of our naturally hot and dry climate, we have faced water shortages in the past and we will face them in the future. 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.”
Agricultural properties and seasonal irrigation water customers will receive a letter from the District outlining the specific watering restrictions for their property. Some crops supplied with water from the Beaver Lake source will only be permitted to irrigate as absolutely necessary.