Users of the Regional District of the Central Okanagan’s Falcon Ridge water system are not allowed to use any water for outdoor irrigation.
The Stage 4 water restriction was issued Tuesday and will affect approximately 55 properties in the Falcon Ridge subdivision off Highway 33.
“We apologize for the added inconvenience this will cause; however, the Stage 4 water restriction is required in order to conserve water in the reservoir for the indoor use of customers of the system,” said communications officer Bruce Smith.
“The well for the system will be shut down while crews inspect and clean screens and flush the well. This work is likely to increase turbidity in the well and it will need to settle before we anticipate being able to refill the reservoir and remove the outdoor water use restriction.
“Staff will continue to monitor the level of turbidity and we will let customers know when they can resume watering outdoors.”
It’s hoped that the inspection, cleaning and rehabilitation work will assist in improving water quantity and quality for the Falcon Ridge subdivision as well.
The work on the well is being done as customers of the Falcon Ridge system remain on a boil water notice for all water intended for drinking, making beverages and ice, washing fruits and produce or brushing teeth. This notice was brought in on May 9 due to a poor turbidity rating in the water source because of the spring run-off in nearby Mission Creek.
The regional district water systems service approximately 900 properties in the following areas: Falcon Ridge, Killiney Beach, Sunset Ranch, Star Place/Trepanier, Westshore and Upper Fintry—Shalal Road—Valley of the Sun.
All customers are reminded that the annual Stage 2 outdoor irrigation restrictions are in effect from June 16 to Sept. 15. This sets twice weekly outdoor irrigation days based on whether the customer’s address is odd or even.
More details can be found on the water systems homepage: regionaldistrict.com/water.