Greater Vernon Water has implemented Stage 3 water restrictions in the North BX and Foothills subdivisions. Customers in the affected areas are required to reduce water usage by 50 per cent. (RDNO photo)

Greater Vernon Water has implemented Stage 3 water restrictions in the North BX and Foothills subdivisions. Customers in the affected areas are required to reduce water usage by 50 per cent. (RDNO photo)

Pair of Vernon neighbourhoods placed on Stage 3 water restrictions

Customers of GVW in North BX and Foothills affected as piece of infrastructure is being repaired

Stage 3 Water Restrictions are in place for the Greater Vernon Water (GVW) customers within the North BX and Foothills area until a critical piece of water infrastructure is repaired.

All customers located within the map (or see above photo) are required to reduce their water usage by 50 per cent until further notice.

“An important valve in the water system is malfunctioning which impedes the ability for GVW to supply a high flow of water to this area,” said John Lord, Regional District of North Okanagan manager of water distribution. “Delivery of the equipment required for the repairs is taking longer than usual, so as a proactive measure to ensure adequate distribution, water use must be reduced by 50 per cent.”

GVW is determined to repair the infrastructure and lift the restrictions as quickly as possible.

“We currently estimate that repairs could be made in two-to three weeks; however, the timeline is dependent on the arrival of the equipment,” said Lord.

Stage 3 Water Restrictions are enforceable and include specific actions that customers in the specified area must follow:

Instructions for Domestic Water Users

• Pool filling and refilling are prohibited;

• Outdoor washing for the purpose of health and safety is permitted with the use of a hose with spring-loaded nozzle;

• Lawn and aesthetic garden irrigation is limited to one day/week.

The irrigation schedule for residential outdoor use is:

• Odd addresses – Saturday;

• Even addresses – Sunday.

Instructions for Agricultural Water Users

Agricultural turn on will still continue. Agricultural customers are to minimize water use wherever possible and reduce water use by 50 per cent once their service is turned on.

Agricultural customers should be aware they could be turned off without notice if the water supply cannot be maintained.

For more information, contact the RDNO Utilities Department at 250-550-3700.

GVW will provide weekly updates until the issue is resolved at www.rdno.ca/news (filter by Water Notices) and through the email subscription service you can sign up for at www.rdno.ca/subscribe.

Agricultural water customers can receive specialized text, email, or voicemail supply alerts by downloading the VOYENT ALERT! app and/or signing up at register.voyent-alert.com.

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