Water Conservation

Water is essential to our daily lives. Whenever it is used, there is a potential for water conservation both inside and outside of your home. Sensible water use can reduce the amount of stress that is placed on our resources, both by limiting water withdrawals and by decreasing wastewater distribution.

Snowmelt and rainfall contribute to the water supply across British Columbia, however precipitation is limited in the summer months, when the demand for water increases and the supply available decreases. Water conservation is critical in summer months but year-round water conservation has significant benefits as well.

Conserving water decreases the amount of water that requires treatment, and reduces wear and tear on major resources such as our water and wastewater treatment plants and the distribution systems that deliver water to your home. Using less water can also enable us to become more flexible during times when there is a water shortage.

    Kamloops Water Facts

    • Kamloops residents' water use triples in the summer
    • The tap water in Kamloops is of the highest quality in the world

    General Water Facts

    • 1,000 L of tap water costs less than $1 in Kamloops; bottled water costs $3-10/L in a store
    • A leak of one drop per second can waste 10,000L of water per year
    • An average residential swimming pool uses less water than a lawn that is in similar in size to that pool

    Conserving Water Benefits

    • Decreases operating costs (pumping, treating, distributing, and cleaning)
    • Decreases household usage costs
    • Decreases household energy bills associated with hot water
    • Protects the health of our rivers

    Water Restrictions

    Waterworks Bylaw No. 12-31 is in effect annually from May 1–August 31. No sprinkling or irrigating is allowed between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm on any day. First offence will result in a $100 fine; each subsequent offence will result in a fine of $200.

    • Even addresses may sprinkle or irrigate only on even numbered days.
    • Odd addresses may sprinkle or irrigate only on odd numbered days.
    • Complexes with internal addresses are to use the internal address to determine watering days.
    • Watering between midnight and 6:00 am is restricted but is allowed if sprinklers are controlled by an automatic timer.
    • All outdoor handheld hoses must be equipped with a spring-loaded shut off nozzle and are permitted at any time.
    Water Restrictions FAQs
    Will I get a warning before I get a fine?

    If a violation of the sprinkling regulations is observed on your property, you are subject to the penalities outlined in Waterworks Bylaw No. 12-31

    Who may water when two odd days occur together?

    This happens twice during the summer. May 31/June 1 and July 31/August 1. Only odd-numbered properties are allowed to water on odd days. 

    If you have an automatic timer set to water every second day, you will have to reset it at the end of May and the end of July to stay on the correct odd or evening water day, or risk a fine.

    Why do we need water restrictions?

    Kamloops is fortunate to have an abundant source of water in the South Thompson Rivers; however, if everyone decided to water on the same day, our present system of pumps, water mains, and reservoirs would not be able to keep up to the demand.

    The odd/even water restrictions help to keep our peak demands down so that we can continue to supply sufficient water for all our needs without expensive upgrades to our delivery system.

    I have a new lawn, am I allowed to water more often?

    Newly seeded lawns and new sod need frequent watering. Variances are available until the first cutting; however, no water is allowed between 11:00 am–6:00 pm. Homeowners are responsible to ensure that they are on the variance list. To register for the variance list, call 250-828-3461.

    I've just had my lawn treated. I've been told to water, but it is not my watering day. What should I do?

    You are allowed a one-day exemption to follow your lawn care company's instructions regarding watering on the day of treatment (even if it not "your" day). Make sure that you have a dated receipt for the treatment to show the Community Services Officer, should one call on you.

    Why doesn't the City follow its own restrictions in parks and playing fields?

    Wherever possible, City property is watered according to the restrictions, however, many parks are playing fields are too large to be irrigated within the regulated sprinkling times.

    Kamloops' larger parks are controlled by a computerized irrigation system that reads weater conditions, calculates evapotranspiration rates, and irrgates when soil moisture indicates the need, rather than by a pre-set schedule. It is estimated that this system has resulted in savings of 30%.

    Sometimes sprinkler heads become misaligned, broken, or clocks that control irrigation times shortout and cause sprinklers to come on when they shouldn't. Please report any problems with City irrigation to 250-828-3551 or use the MyKamloops app.