All municipalities are in the business of water so its important to understand the rules and bylaws when it comes to conserving and restricting usage during the summer.
Here’s a look at measures that are currently in effect around the Peace region:
Fort St. John
No water use restrictions are in effect in Fort St. John. The city’s water regulation bylaw does allow for restrictions on lawn watering, car washing, pool filling, and irrigation when there is a water shortage.
Dawson Creek first enacted a water conservation bylaw more than 40 years ago, which includes automatic stage one conservation measures that go into effect each year from May 1 to Oct. 1.
Under stage one, residents with even-numbered civic addresses can water their lawns on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Residents with odd-numbered addresses can water on Thursdays and Sundays from 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
City council can declare further stages of water conservation measures, which include further restrictions on lawn watering, hauling bulk water, and other uses.
Taylor also has a water conservation bylaw, enacted in 2006, that include automatic stage one restrictions from May 1 to Sept. 30, and limits residents to watering their lawns on odd numbered days between 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The district says this avoids strain on the water system, which is needed for drinking and fire protection. A $100 fine will be issued to anyone violating the rules.
The District of Hudson’s Hope is asking residents to limit their watering to only a half hour per area and during the cooler hours of the day, as the district is experiencing a much greater level of use than typically seen in the summer months.
No restrictions exist in Chetwynd, but the district says water is metered within the town, and that reservoir levels are healthy with no need for concern.
In Tumbler Ridge, the district has asked residents to restrict lawn watering to the early mornings and evenings, in light of the recent heatwave. Odd numbered homes can water on odd days, and even numbered homes can water on even days.
Stage one restrictions automatically come into effect on May 1 and last until Sept. 30.
Similar to Dawson Creek, residents with even-numbered addresses can water their lawns on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Residents with odd-numbered addresses can water on Thursdays and Sundays from 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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