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Water restriction stages run from ‘normal’ (Stage 1) through to Stage 4 with increasing water use restrictions.
All areas of the City water supply are currently on 'normal' Stage 1 residental water use restrictions as outlined below. 

Stage 1 'normal' residential irrigation water use restrictions

Year-round, assigned day water conservation measures help to reduce peaks in water use, reducing the high demands on our water delivery system at any given time. This allows the system to keep up with the demands for clean drinking water, irrigation and commercial use, while also being able to store water for future use (i.e., in case of local fires).

City Utility watering schedule - image

Stage 1 conservation efforts require all water users to be mindful of the water they use in order to reduce overall demand by 10 per cent.

Properties with an odd number address may water yards and lawns on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; even address numbers may water on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. No properties are to water on Mondays.

  • Automatic underground irrigation systems may run between 12 a.m. (midnight) and 6 a.m. up to three days per week .
    • for example, an odd numbered home can water anytime between 12 a.m. (midnight) and 6 a.m.  on Tuesday, Thursday and/or Saturday.
  • Manual sprinklers can occur between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. OR 7 p.m. and midnight on the assigned day, up to three days per week.

Assigned day water conservation measures help to reduce peak water demands, using water wisely so that we can continue to supply sufficient water for all our needs without expensive upgrades to our delivery system. See  Schedule E - City of Kelowna Water Use Restrictions Stages  for details on all stages.

For Commercial Water Use Restrictions, Public Institutional Water Use Restrictions and Agricultural Water Use Restrictions, please see  Schedule E - City of Kelowna Water Use Restrictions Stages .

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. Since moving to a metered water system and charging variable water rates in 2003, the Utility has made significant progress in water conservation efforts, giving us an edge during drought years. These variable rates demonstrate the value of water to customers by increasing rates as water consumption rises.

There are four major water purveyors operating within city boundaries, each with their own water supply rates, requirements and watering restrictions. Find your water provider, if you are not sure who provides your water. Please check your water provider's website for specific details on watering restrictions for your area.