Back to Stage 1.
Thanks to the efforts of its residents, the City of Armstrong announced Tuesday it was going back to Stage 1 water restrictions after going to Stage 2 on Aug. 4 in response to the provincial Level 4 drought declaration for the South Thompson watershed.
The city has closely monitored water use patterns and the impact of Stage 2 conservation over a two-week period resulted in a close to 40 per cent reduction in water usage as compared to the target of 30 per cent,” said Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper.
“The city thanks all residents and water customers for their cooperation in reducing water consumption.”
Thanks to the efforts of the community, the city is lessening restrictions by lifting Stage 2 conservation regulations in order to permit the use of sprinklers and irrigation systems to water gardens, trees, shrubs and flowers including newly seeded lawn and new sod.
In order to maintain reduced usage levels during the Level 4 provincial drought, with local Stage 1 water conservation regulations (odd/even watering days), the city is requesting all water users to continue conservation efforts and voluntarily cease the watering of lawns, washing of driveways, sidewalks, parking lots and exterior building surfaces until further notice.
“It is anticipated that water use will rise slightly to accommodate residents tending to their gardens,” said Pieper. “We believe that a target conservation of 30 per cent going forward is achievable on a voluntary basis by ceasing to use water where it is not necessary.
“Armstrong residents have shown they are great supporters of water conservation. Drought management has come to the forefront of everyone’s minds.”
The Provincial Level 4 Drought declaration for the region remains in effect.
The city continues to monitor water use and events that may trigger a need for increased conservation efforts.