Water restrictions tightened in Armstrong

The city is voluntarily implementing stage two water conservation regulations until further notice.

Armstrong residents are being told to ease off the tap.

The city is voluntarily implementing stage two water conservation regulations until further notice.

“There has been a level four drought response issued by the Ministry of Environment and we’re following direction from the province,” said Mayor Chris Pieper.

The government has declared a level four drought advisory for the South Thompson watershed due to declining stream flows which are affecting a number of fish populations. Fortune Creek, which supplies water to Armstrong, is a tributary of the South Thompson.

“Our reservoir levels are in pretty good shape but we want to maintain creek flow. Parts of it dry up,” said Pieper.

During stage two conservation, no one will:

Use a sprinkler or irrigation system to water a lawn, garden, trees or shrubs

Wash driveways, sidewalks, parking lots or exterior building surfaces.

During stage two, a resident may:

Water trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables if watering is done by hand-held container or a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle, but only during the prescribed watering hours and days which are:

Even numbered address may water by hand on even days of the calendar

Odd numbered address may water by hand on odd days of the calendar

Hand watering may occur between the hours of 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to midnight;

Water newly planted sod, trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables or newly seeded lawn if watering by hand during installation and for the following 24 hours.

These restrictions apply to all residents of the City of Armstrong, Pleasant Valley and Round Prairie specified areas, Highland Park, Stardel, Silver Star and Lansdowne water districts and other Spallumcheen residents receiving Armstrong water.

“There are always a couple of people who don’t comply but most are conscious of water supply,” said Pieper.

“Lawns will get a little browner until rain comes.”