Watering Restrictions for RDOS Water Systems
Note: May 9, 2019 RDOS Passed a New Region-Wide Water Regulation Bylaw. Changes to the watering restrictions will be advertised soon.
The RDOS Watering Restrictions called ‘Stages’ are tailored to each water system the RDOS owns or manages. Stages are numbered 1 through 4. Each stage has its own criteria for water consumption and conservation targets.
Stage 1 is the most modest in required conservation, whereas Stage 4 means the water system is near a crisis point.
Each April, the RDOS moves into Stage 1 in all water systems in preparation for increased water demand and usage over the summer.
Watering restrictions are based on the water system’s infrastructure, its ability to keep up to the demand for treated, potable water by residents. This includes purveying potable water to all sectors; residential, agricultural, and commercial users on each system.
During the summer of 2015, the Province of BC imposed Drought Levels in most of the southern half of the province due to the extreme hot and dry conditions. This caused confusion for many residents, as they saw conflicting numbers and descriptors of the situation. The need to clarify the differences between Local Government water system Stages (drinking water) and Provincial Drought Response Levels is important.
Provincial Drought Levels are based on environmental flow needs in creeks and rivers. They monitor volume flows ensuring there is enough water to support fish viability. Fish viability depends on maintaining adequate water volumes in creeks, at the right temperature, in order for fish to move through their life cycle. Provincial Drought Levels are good indicators of the overall climate situation in each region, and each of the 4 Levels indicate the severity and the conservation response recommended.
Continue to check back to this page throughout the season, to stay informed of what ‘Stage’ your community is operating under and for helpful ideas on water conservation.
Click on the links below to view the watering restrictions for each RDOS Water System.