RDCK implements higher water restrictions

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The continuing run of hot, dry weather has prompted local governments to call on residents to do more to conserve water.

On July 26, the Regional District of Central Kootenay implemented Stage 2 water conservation measures in the communities of Edgewood, Woodland Heights (near Kaslo) and South Slocan.

In Edgewood, “[t]he system is experiencing high water use and declining reservoir levels,” a news release issued by the RDCK stated. “As a proactive measure for the anticipated extended hot weather and high levels of demand, the Edgewood Water System requires users to conserve water.”

In South Slocan and Woodland Heights, the measures were needed due to high water demand and heat warnings being issued by Environment Canada.

“The extended hot and dry weather forecasted for the region has prompted the RDCK to be proactive with these water systems that have historical supply and demand concerns,” said Jason McDiarmid, RDCK Water Utilities Manager.

Under Stage 2 measures, the watering of lawns, gardens, trees and shrubs is only permitted between 6 and 10 am and 8 and 10 pm. However, gardens, trees and shrubs can be hand-watered with a hose or watering can anytime.

Officials said the Stage 2 water conservation measures will remain in effect until further notice, and caution that even more strict measures may be required if demand increases significantly, or the hot and dry weather continues.

Other communities in the region have also implemented water restrictions. Nakusp, New Denver and Kaslo are at Stage 1 conservation measures, while Silverton and Slocan have ordered restrictions related to the use of automatic sprinklers.

“Our water plant monitor is showing high water use during the night hours, which indicates sprinklers are being left on overnight,” the Village of Slocan said in an online post. “We rely on this period to allow our reservoir to refill. Please ensure sprinklers are turned off at night.”

John Boivin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Valley Voice