Black Mountain Irrigation District Customers Switched to Stage One Restrictions

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All Black Mountain Irrigation District (BMID) customers, including agricultural customers, are taking the first step of water restrictions to reduce overall water use by 10%.

With the Okanagan being placed in a level three drought and hot weather continuing, reducing unnecessary water use is a priority for BMID.

The BMID explains that the upper reservoirs are at a reasonable level and that they “must have released them three weeks earlier than normal”.

As a precautionary measure, the BMID provides for long-term management of water levels in the event of a risk of multi-year drought.

Residential users are reminded that odd-numbered homes can water Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays and even-numbered homes can water Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

<qui> Photo credit: City of Kelowna

Automatic watering must be done between midnight and 6 a.m. while manual watering must be done between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. and midnight.

Agriculture and Irrigation customers are reminded that the flow rate per acre has not changed, however, the total water volume for their plots is reduced.

These customers are encouraged to check sprinklers, nozzles, and flow rates to ensure they are within their allocation.

BMID bailiffs will patrol the district to ensure customers are following the regulations, call 250 765-5169 if you have any questions.

For more information and to stay up to date, visit bmid.ca.

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