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Posted: July 27, 2015

Slight drop in reservoir levels

City begins voluntary watering restrictions

The water level at the Phillips Reservoir is down about four inches, based on measurements taken by City of Cranbrook staff on Friday. However, the reservoir still remains close to capacity.

As such, the current year-round outdoor water management policy is still in effect and 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.

The City of Cranbrook continues to remind residents and businesses to be aware that additional mandatory watering restrictions may still be put into place this summer if we don’t get regular rainfall to help replenish the reservoir. Public Works staff who monitor the levels at the reservoir will continue to do so throughout the year. The City of Cranbrook will continue to regularly provide updates about the reservoir levels to ensure that everyone has ample lead time should additional watering restrictions need to be put into place.

The City’s 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. 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.

On Friday, July 24, the city began voluntary watering restrictions by stopping the irrigation of some green spaces and parks including: Pinecrest, Rotary Trail, Pop Price Park, ACT Park, Kinsmen Park, Staple Crescent, the Highway boulevard and Balment Park at Western Financial Place. Irrigation has also been reduced at the Kinsmen Quads, Rotary Park, Confederation Park, MacKinnon Park, Moir Park and Lions Park.

The public is also invited to join in the voluntary restrictions to assist in reducing the overall water consumption of the city wherever possible.

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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