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)

UPDATE: Water restrictions rescinded for Greater Vernon areas

Shipping delays slowed repairs to BX water infrastructure, but work was completed over weekend

UPDATE MAY 10:

North BX residents can turn their taps back on fully.

Residents in the area, including the Foothills and some areas of Swan Lake along Highway 97 were asked to reduce water usage by 50 per cent April 27. Greater Vernon Water (GVW) implemented the temporary Stage 3 water restrictions due to a malfunctioning valve in the water infrastructure.

“We are happy to report the repairs were completed over the weekend and this morning,” GVW said in a release Tuesday, May 10.

Stage 3 water restrictions are therefore rescinded.

“We remind residents that GVW operates with water restrictions year-round and encourage people to visit our website at rdno.ca/restrictions for tips on saving water and to confirm the days they are allowed to water.

“We thank everyone who has taken steps to reduce their water use and apologize for the disruption.”

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ORIGINAL MAY 4:

Stage 3 water restrictions for a few Greater Vernon neighbourhoods will be in effect for at least another week.

Greater Vernon Water (GVW) put the temporary restrictions in place for the North BX area, the Foothills and some parts of Swan Lake along Highway 97 on April 27, due to a malfunctioning water valve.

While waiting for parts and equipment to be delivered, GVW asked affected customers to cut their water use by 50 per cent to avoid further stressing the infrastructure.

As of Wednesday, GVW hasn’t received the equipment it needs due to shipping delays. As a result, the water restrictions are expected to be in place until the week of May 11-18.

Since the start of the restrictions, customers have been doing their part.

“Staff have closely monitored the water usage since imposing the restrictions, and are happy to report that the affected customers have acted quickly and significantly reduced their water usage. We thank everyone who has taken steps to avoid using water unnecessarily until we can make repairs,” a spokesperson for the Regional District of North Okanagan said.

Weekly updates will be provided by GVW until the restriction ends.

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Brendan Shykora
Reporter, Vernon Morning Star
Email me at Brendan.Shykora@vernonmorningstar.com
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