Stage 1 water restrictions are now in effect for the Town of Osoyoos and its rural water districts 8 and 9.
Starting July 29, residents can only water twice per week. Sprinklers are only permitted at residential, commercial land other non-agricultural properties, with even-numbered addresses watering on Tuesdays and Saturdays and odd number addresses watering on Wednesdays and Sundays. Those with automated time sprinklers systems can only sprinkle between midnight and 6 a.m on the days that correspond with home addresses.
Properties equipped with only manually controlled sprinkling systems, including those attached to outside taps, may only operate from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to midnight on the days permitted by the sprinkling regulations.
Sprinkling is not permitted between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. during any day at any time of the year.
The town is not permitting anyone to use water hoses to wash boats or motor vehicles. There is also a ban on watering sidewalks, driveways or parking lots unless applying a product such as paint, or prepping a surface prior to paving or repointing bricks.
The following are exempt from restrictions:
- Watering of public sports playing fields, turf farms, and golf courses
- Watering of flower and vegetable gardens, decorative planters, shrubs and trees using micro-irrigation, drip-irrigation, or a hose with an automatic shut off nozzle
- Commercial car washes so long as each vehicle wash does not exceed 57 liters of water
- Under authority of permit issued under this bylaw
Those who are unable to water their property within the restricted days and times, due to physical or mental incapacity, may water their property on any two days of the week for a maximum of eight hours per day.
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