The Village of Nakusp is looking to reduce its local water consumption (Black Press file photo)

Village of Nakusp looks to reduce water consumption

With sprinklers/hoses, residents could only water gardens for two hours on certain days under amended bylaw

The Village of Nakusp council has recommended to proceed with an amended water regulations bylaw, which would reduce the number of hours that a resident could water their lawn with a manual sprinkler or soaker hose connected to a running hose.

Residents are currently allowed to water their lawn with the devices for four hours a day on alternate days in the month depending on their house number. Under the amended bylaw, residents would only be able to water their lawns with the devices for two hours on their assigned days.

Despite the proposed restrictions, village chief administrative officer Cheryl Martens said a provision in the bylaw would let residents water their flowers and vegetable gardens with a handheld device anytime during the month. Martens said a watering can is an example of a handheld device.

The bylaw would also let residents water their vegetable gardens with a sprinkler system for up to two hours on every day of the month, according to Martens.

“These changes will help the village cut down on lawn watering but give more flexibility on the watering of vegetable gardens and flowers,” said Martens.

“With these changes, we will be able to conserve water in the village.”

Martens said there are at least two benefits to reducing the village’s water consumption.

“We have so much development happening right now in Nakusp, including a new multi-residential fourplex in construction. We have to make sure these new developments have an adequate supply of water,” said Martens.

“We also have to make sure we an adequate water supply for fire suppression efforts in the summer.”

Residents would also be prohibited from operating lawn or garden watering devices on the 31st of any month under the amended bylaw.

The village has also installed water flow meters throughout the community to get data on why local water consumption is so high.

Historically, Martens said the village has used up to 75 per cent of the City of Nelson’s water consumption.

The bylaw is set to undergo first, second and third reading at the next village council meeting on June 8.

READ MORE: Nakusp residents urged to save water


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Claire Paradis joins Nakusp Public Library as new library director

Paradis said main goal is getting library back open to the public

Lost dog swims Columbia River multiple times searching for home

The dog was missing from his Castlegar home for three days.

Traffic finally eases along Arrow Lakes ferry routes

Motorists were stuck for up to six hours in ferry lineups over the weekend

Hwy 1 flooding causes massive delays on certain Arrow Lakes ferry routes

Motorists have been waiting around three hours to get on ferries

The pandemic is widening Canada’s workplace gender gap

Gender pay gap is incentivizing fathers to work while mothers watch children, a new B.C. study has found

Ex-Okanagan Mountie forfeits 20 days’ pay after sexual misconduct review

A former Vernon RCMP constable made sexual comments, grabbed genitals of male officer in two incidents 10 years ago

Man found dead on Okanagan trail identified as Hollywood actor

GoFundMe campaign launched for man found dead at summit of Spion Kop

3 people dead in Prince George motel fire

Fire personnel believe the blaze was suspicious although investigation in early stages

B.C. sets terms to review police, mental health, race relations

MLAs to recommend Police Act changes by May 2021

Feds announce $8.3M to deal with ‘ghost’ fishing gear in B.C. waters

Ghost gear accounts for up to 70 per cent of all macro-plastics in the ocean by weight

Almost 99% less land in B.C. burned this year compared to 2018

2018 was the worst year on record for wildfires

B.C. orders Coastal GasLink to stop pipeline construction near protected wetlands

The 670-kilometre pipeline is planned to transport natural gas from northeast B.C. to Kitimat

Most Read