Irrigation turn-on delayed

  • Apr. 20, 2011 4:00 p.m.

Unseasonably cool weather has put a chill on Greater Vernon farmers.

The irrigation turn-on that was to have started Monday has been pushed back to April 26.

“The delay is due to the unusually cold spring temperatures and the risk of overnight freezing that can break irrigation pipe,” said Al Cotsworth, North Okanagan Regional District utilities manager.

“The weather forecast shows overnight freezing until Thursday morning and overnight lows at the plus one degree level until Saturday.”

Cotsworth says the cool temperatures and recent light rain have likely reduced the need for irrigation at this time.

“Depending on the fall weather irrigation turn-off may be extended,” he said.