Water Saving Tips

Water Restrictions in Effect - May 1–August 31

Waterworks Bylaw No. 12-31—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 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; and
  • Environmental effects from water withdrawal, and energy consumption/greenhouse gas emissions from system operation.
Home water saving tips
  • Keep a jug of cool water in the fridge instead of running the tap
  • Avoid pouring water down the drain - use it to water plants or fill your pet's dish
  • Installing a low-flow kitchen faucet to save up to 10 L per minute
  • Only run your dishwasher when it is full. Do the same for your washing machine
  • Keep showers to five minutes or less
  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or shaving
  • Repairing a leaky toilet can save 100 L per day
  • Installing an ultra-low flow toilet can save up to 15 L per flush

Outdoor water saving tips

Lawn

  • Lawns only need about 2.5 cm (1 in.) of water per week. A deep soaking will encourage roots to grow deep
  • Shorter daily watering will result in shallow roots and weaker grass
  • Cut your grass to 5 to 7.5 cm (2 to 3 in.) tall to provide shade for roots and to help prevent evaporation
  • Grasscycle by leaving the clippings on the lawn. This will help with water retention and provide your lawn with nutrients

Irrigation

  • Do not leave sprinklers or hoses unattended
  • Consider installing irrigation devices such as micro and drip irrigation, soaker hoses, and sprinklers with timing devices
  • Always use a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle when watering plants or washing your car
  • Ensure that sprinklers are watering vegetation, not driveways and sidewalks
  • Consider utilizing 'smart' technology, climate or soil based controllers that evaluate weather or soil moisture conditions and then adjust the irrigation schedule to meet the specific needs of your landscape
  • Install a rain shutoff switch, these inexpensive devices can be retrofitted to almost any system and will prevent your system from turning on while it's raining

Garden

  • Minimize lawn area by using ground covers other than grass
  • Select drought-tolerant flor and group according to their water needs
  • Use mulch to retain moisture and reduce weed growth
  • Use rain barrels to gather rain water 

Other Tips

  • Avoid ornamental water features (such as fountains) and free-flowing water toys
  • If you have a swimming pool, consider a new, water-saving pool filter
  • Sweep your driveway instead of spraying it with a hose

Kamloops Centre for Water Quality

Did you know that the 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.