This time last year, there was great concern in Kimberley about the amount of water flowing over the Mark Creek dam. The City was urging residents to conserve water and began the process of updating the bylaw governing water usage so that stages of water restrictions could be introduced.
This year the situation is not so dire. While the creek is running at normal levels for August, CAO Scott Sommerville says there is nowhere near the concern there was last year.
“We haven’t had any water issues typical of this time of year,” he said. “That could change, but so far so good.”
However, conservation is still the word of the day and the City is under Stage 1 water restrictions.
Residents of properties with even-numbered addresses water only on even-numbered calendar days (eg June 2,4,6 etc).
Residents of properties with odd-numbered addresses water only on odd-numbered calendar days (eg June 1,3,5 etc).
Watering is to be done ONLY between the hours of 4:00 am to 10:00 am AND 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Automatic irrigation systems usually offer the option of activating the system at specified times. Optimum times are between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 4:00 am using the odd/even system described above.
All outdoor hoses should be equipped with spring-loaded shut-off nozzles for any use by hand.
Hand watering of plants using a hose with a spring-loaded shut-off nozzle or a hand-held container can be done at any time.