Water restrictions are in effect for all Thompson-Nicola Regional District water systems from May 1 to September 15 each year. Water restrictions are set by the TNRD’s Water Conservation Plan and apply to the use of treated drinking water.
Watering is prohibited between the hours of 11 am and 6 pm. Even numbered houses are allowed to water on even days and odd numbered houses are allowed to water on odd days.
Water Conservation Tips
- Regularly check your toilets, faucets, and pipes for leaks.
- Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Install a faucet aerator on your kitchen and bathroom sinks.
- Rinse dishes, vegetables, and fruits in a partially-filled basin rather than under running water.
- Replace your showerhead with a water efficient, low-flow showerhead (and take shorter showers).
- Install low-flow or dual-flush toilets.
- Water your household plants with leftover rinse water or water collected from a rain barrel.
- Wash only full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine.
- Keep a jug of water for drinking in the fridge to avoid running the tap until the water gets cold.
- Regularly check your faucets, pipes, hoses, and sprinklers for leaks.
- Collect water in a rain barrel for use on indoor and outdoor plants, and for future lawn watering.
- Water during the early morning hours, when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter, to minimize evaporation.
- Use a layer of organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation.
- Weed your lawn and garden regularly, as weeds compete with other plants for water.
- Raise the blade on your lawn mower to at least 7.5 cm high to promote stronger roots shorter grass makes the roots work harder, requiring more water).
- Use a broom instead of a water hose to clean your driveway.
- Wash your car with a bucket and sponge instead of a hose.
Detailed information on each community water system can be found in the TNRD’s Water Conservation Plan.