Irrigation was reduced during water restrictions in Oliver. (file photo)

Town of Oliver lifts water restrictions

Mandatory water restrictions will continue to manage future droughts

The Town of Oliver is lifting all water restrictions previously in place for water users within the Town’s boundary and the rural system users, effective Oct. 25.

“We really appreciate the effort water system users put into water conservation this year, particularly during such an intense drought season like we experienced,” said Oliver Mayor Martin Johansen.

“Mandatory restrictions will likely serve as a tool for managing droughts in the future as a way of stretching out the available water supply. Restrictions are rare for the Oliver water system, but at some point in the future we will likely need to apply them again,” added Johansen.

When the restrictions were put in place there was a noticeable reduction in water usage that helped get through the irrigation season, said Shawn Goodsell, director of operations.

South Okanagan had the driest spring on record. The town of Oliver only received 2.5 millimetres of rain in May compared to the average of 34.7 mm over the past 30 years in that month.

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