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Water Conservation Plan In Effect

posted Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.

To reduce water use across the system during the summer months, Fairmont Hot Springs Utilities has adopted the Regional District of East Kootenay's Water Conservation Plan.

By following the watering schedule below, you will help achieve a reduction in energy costs to produce water and maintain infrastructure. These watering hours are in place for the benefit of your community, and this water conservation plan will be in effect until further notice.


2017 Watering Times - Effective Immediately


Manual Sprinklers

Morning: 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Evening: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Automatic Sprinklers

Morning: 3 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Evening: No watering

  • EVEN numbered houses may water on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.
  • ODD numbered houses may water on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.
  • "No Watering Fridays" are in effect to allow time for reservoirs to replenish and to conserve water.
For any questions or concerns, contact Corix Customer Care at 1-866-457-7273.

Thank you for your co-operation.

FAQs

What is the purpose of following a Water Conservation Plan?

Water use increases significantly during the dry summer months, mostly due to lawn watering and garden irrigation, which places excessive demand on the water system. Having set watering hours helps to conserve water and balance demand on the system.

Following a Water Conservation Plan also helps to reduce energy costs to produce water and maintain infrastructure. As we transition to metered rates for those serviced by the Fairmont potable water supply in October 2017, it's time to start thinking about conservation now.

Did you know your lawn only needs approximately one inch of water a week to stay healthy? Less frequent watering helps develop a healthier turf, allowing the grass to establish stronger roots that are less dependent on water. Watering in the morning and evening hours helps reduce water loss from evaporation.

 

What restrictions are in place?

This Water Conservation Plan applies to watering lawns, whether using manual or automatic sprinklers. Even numbered houses may water on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Odd numbered houses may water on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

You might notice golf courses and public parks in Fairmont Hot Springs using more water and watering during restricted times – these facilities draw water from a different water system.

Why can’t I water on Fridays?

Fridays are being used as a day to allow the reservoir to replenish and to further conserve water.

Am I still allowed to water my flowers, vegetables, planters, shrubs, and trees?

Yes, flowers, vegetables, planters, shrubs, and trees can be watered any day of the week, using a watering can or a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle. We recommend avoiding watering plants during the heat of the day, to minimize evaporation and to allow water to reach the roots of the plant.

Can I use water collected in a rain barrel?

Yes. You can use water collected in a rain barrel at any time for watering your lawn or garden. The Water Conservation Plan only applies to treated drinking water.

 


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