UPDATE: Watering restrictions lifted for properties south of Mission Creek

Josh Duncan | September 12, 2019 in Kelowna

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(UPDATE: Sept. 12 @ 10:25 am) - Residents living south of Mission Creek can return to stage one watering restrictions.

Stage four watering restrictions had been in place for the past week after a mechanical failure at the Eldorado pump station. 

To learn more about the different levels of watering restrictions, click this link.

(UPDATE: Sept. 10 @ 7:30 am) - It was expected to be a quick fix, but that hasn't been the case after a mechanical failure at the Eldorado pump station.

As a result, stage four water restrictions remain in place for properties south of Mission Creek, which means water may only be used indoors for drinking, cooking and sanitary purposes.

Photo Credit: City of Kelowna

“This is the first time we’ve experienced this type of mechanical failure,” says Kevin Van Vliet, utility services manager.

“While the affected components have been replaced, the clean up of the pump station pipes and wet well is a meticulous process that involves several water quality tests to ensure that water from the wet well is safe for consumption.”

The restrictions ensure that the water supply continues to be available for indoor use and remains safe and clean for consumption. 

Luckily, the Okanagan Valley has seen some rain over the past few days, limiting the need for any outdoor irrigation while these restrictions are in place. 

The rest of Kelowna remains in stage one water restrictions and you can learn more about all stages of restrictions on the City of Kelowna website.

(Original story: Sept. 5 @ 6:30 am) - A mechanical failure at the Eldorado pump station on Wednesday afternoon has led to some significant water restrictions.

The City of Kelowna has implemented stage four water restrictions for any properties south of Mission Creek, which means outdoor watering is prohibited until further notice.

Water may only be used indoors as needed for drinking, cooking and sanitary purposes.

“We need residents and business owners in this area to be quite strict in their water use and only use water indoors as needed,” says Kevin Van Vliet, utility services manager. 

Van Vliet says the restriction is expected to last until Thursday night and it necessary to maintain critical supply.

The restrictions apply to all residents and businesses, along with the irrigation of municipal parks, sports fields and artificial turf.

The rest of Kelowna remains under stage one water restrictions.

You can learn more about the different stages of water restrictions by clicking this link.

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