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Posted: May 28, 2015

Levels at Phillips Reservoir remain steady

Additional watering restrictions remain possible later this summer

The Phillips Reservoir remains at capacity and water levels remain steady and unchanged despite a significant decrease in our annual snowpack and very little spring rain to date.

Phillips Reservoir.
Phillips Reservoir.

The City of Cranbrook reminds residents and businesses to be aware that additional watering restrictions may be put into place this summer if we don’t get regular rainfall to help replenish the reservoir. Staff with Public Works who monitor the levels at the reservoir will continue to do so throughout the year.

“Our Outdoor Water Management policy allows for a second phase of water management to be put into effect should the reservoir level reach 75% capacity and is not getting enough additional water to maintain that level,” says Chris Zettel, Corporate Communications Officer for the City of Cranbrook. “If we get to that point, it would mean reducing the number of times per week you would be allowed to water your lawns and gardens.”

The City of Cranbrook will continue to regularly provide public updates about the reservoir levels at least every two weeks throughout the summer. Staff wants to ensure that everyone has ample lead-time should the additional restrictions need to be put into place and understand why they are necessary.

The current year round outdoor water management policy allows for watering of lawns and gardens on Monday, Thursday and Saturday for even numbered properties; Tuesday, Friday and Sunday for odd numbered properties. No one waters on Wednesday. This covers all outdoor water use including: washing of vehicles, RVs, campers, boats, windows and the filling of kids’ pools or hot tubs.

For more information about water conservation and what you can do to conserve, visit our website at www.cranbrook.ca and click on ‘Water Conservation’ under the City of Cranbrook Links on the homepage.

City of Cranbrook


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