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Water Conservation in the RDOS

The Regional District adopted a District-wide Regional Water Use Regulation Bylaw and Regional Water Conservation Strategy specific for the Okanagan-Similkameen. The cross connection control bylaw was presented to the board in early 2021. The implementation of this bylaw will complete the unification of water use standards across all electoral areas within the RDOS owned and operated water systems. These bylaws guide the regulation and use strategy for our precious resource of clean water. The focus of which is on water conservation/efficiency and sustainable water management, integration of extreme weather management recommendations (e.g. drought and flooding), inclusion of climate change and consistent interpretation of the appropriate regulations.

Throughout the summer, the Province of BC issues water restrictions that may not match with local water restrictions. The province manages water on a broader scale and their restrictions apply to agricultural irrigators and commercial users that have been issued water licenses for either surface or groundwater sources. When the RDOS adjusts water restriction stages, it applies to all users whether agricultural or residential, associated with the small water systems we manage. While we work closely with many agencies regionally to assess conditions that affect source water for our systems, the restriction levels often vary. As a resident in the RDOS, follow the restrictions set for your source water supply.


Water Conservation in the RDOS




Water Conservation in the RDOS

The Regional District adopted a District-wide Regional Water Use Regulation Bylaw and Regional Water Conservation Strategy specific for the Okanagan-Similkameen. The cross connection control bylaw was presented to the board in early 2021. The implementation of this bylaw will complete the unification of water use standards across all electoral areas within the RDOS owned and operated water systems. These bylaws guide the regulation and use strategy for our precious resource of clean water. The focus of which is on water conservation/efficiency and sustainable water management, integration of extreme weather management recommendations (e.g. drought and flooding), inclusion of climate change and consistent interpretation of the appropriate regulations.

Throughout the summer, the Province of BC issues water restrictions that may not match with local water restrictions. The province manages water on a broader scale and their restrictions apply to agricultural irrigators and commercial users that have been issued water licenses for either surface or groundwater sources. When the RDOS adjusts water restriction stages, it applies to all users whether agricultural or residential, associated with the small water systems we manage. While we work closely with many agencies regionally to assess conditions that affect source water for our systems, the restriction levels often vary. As a resident in the RDOS, follow the restrictions set for your source water supply.


Water Conservation in the RDOS