Water restrictions in place for City Water Utility customers
In support of the Provincial Drought Response, and to encourage smart use of water as a resource, The City of Kelowna Water Utility is implementing odd/even outdoor watering restrictions beginning on Tuesday, August 4.
Properties with an odd number address may water yards and lawns on odd calendar days, even address numbers may water on even calendar days.
- All properties will be allowed to water on the 31st of the month.
- Automatic underground irrigation systems may run between 12 a.m. (midnight) and 6 a.m.
- for example, an odd numbered home can start watering anytime between midnight and 6 a.m. on Aug. 9
- Manual sprinklers and watering by hose (hand watering) can occur between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. or 6 p.m. and midnight on your scheduled odd/even day.
Restrictions will be in place until the end of September. The City will continue to monitor water consumption and our regional drought level to determine whether further restrictions will be required.
The odd/even restriction is the first step for new water conservation restrictions for our customers. If drought conditions continue or worsen over the long term, then further steps will be taken, including increased restrictions and enforcement. If we take steps to practice conservation now, then we may not have to implement more severe restrictions in the future.
For more information about the water restrictions, please read the Watering Restrictions FAQ.
For additional tips on conserving water in and around your home, visit our Water Smart page.
Re-programming your irrigation system
Below are the links to some of the most common irrigation controller manuals.
Hunter Pro C (see page 23 for odd/even directions) [VIDEO]
Irritrol Kwik Dial (see page 12 for odd/even directions) [VIDEO]
Rain Bird ESP (see page 7 for odd/even directions) There are a number of variations of the ESP timer. Please visit the Rain Bird website for links to various controller manuals.
Toro TMC 212 (see page 24 for odd/even directions) [VIDEO]
About the City Water Utility
The City Water Utility sources its water from Okanagan Lake and provides water to just over half of the Kelowna population. Over the past fifteen years, the Utility has made significant progress in water conservation efforts, giving us an edge during drought years. The City Water Utility has a metered water system and charges variable water rates. These variable rates demonstrate the value of water to customers by increasing rates as water consumption rises.
There are five separate water purveyors operating within city boundaries, each with their own water supply rates, requirements and watering restrictions. If you are not sure who provides your water, visit the Kelowna Joint Water Committee at www.kjwc.org or view the Water Provider Map. Please check your water provider's website for specific details on watering restrictions for your area.
If you have additional questions about the odd/even watering restrictions that were not answered in the FAQ, please call 250-469-8502 or email email@example.com.