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. Our Kamloops Centre for Water Quality (KCWQ) uses innovative membrane filtration technology to provide high quality drinking water to residents and visitors? Learn more about the KCWQ process
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 similarly-sized lawn
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 Saving Tips
Water conservation or water use efficiency is important to community sustainability for a number of reasons:
- Economic impacts of constructing and operating the water utility, and the influence of these impacts on affordability
- Assurance that water supplies will be available for many purposes - drinking, hygiene, landscaping, food production, firefighting
- Environmental effects from water withdrawal, and energy consumption/greenhouse gas emissions from system operation
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.