The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) introduced its new WaterSmart Outdoor Water Conservation program to customers of the Christina Lake Water Utility, Rivervale Water Utility and Beaver Valley Water Service (Village of Fruitvale).
In 2020, outdoor water use accounted for over 30 per cent of the total water used in the Beaver Valley Water Utility, 40 per cent in the Rivervale Water Utility and 50 per cent in the Christina Lake Water Utility. Outdoor water conservation measures can drastically reduce water use. An effective program results in less water treated, reduced stress on infrastructure, lower costs to maintain the water system, and reduced impacts on ecosystems.
“The RDKB is working with residents to reduce water use by 20 per cent in each of these three water utilities in keeping with our regional water conservation plans,” said Gabe Wiebe, RDKB WaterSmart/Engineering and Safety Coordinator.
The WaterSmart Outdoor Water Conservation program also supports environmental stewardship and climate preparedness, both of which are priorities for the region.
Stage 1 outdoor water conservation measures are in effect now. This means even numbered addresses can water Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and odd numbered addresses can water Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
No one is allowed to water on Mondays. Anyone with a programmable sprinkler system should update their system to follow the new watering schedule. If drought conditions change, the RDKB WaterSmart Team will inform residents about any change in the Outdoor Water Conservation stage, and the measures they need to follow.
To further promote water conservation, the RDKB is offering free water conservation kits to utility customers in Beaver Valley, Rivervale and Christina Lake. These kits include a low-flow showerhead, a kitchen faucet aerator, and a bathroom faucet aerator. All items are easy to install so residents can begin saving water, energy and money right away.
For more information, please visit: https://jointheconversation.rdkb.com/rdkb-watersmart
The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has launched its new Outdoor Water Conservation measures for customers of the Christina Lake Water Utility, Rivervale Water Utility and Beaver Valley Water Service (Village of Fruitvale). — RDKB