City of Nelson announces Water Conservation Measures

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Not this weekend, but soon, the sound of sprinklers will be ringing throughout the City of Nelson.


Despite the recent weekend weather pattern where raindrops got the better over sunshine, the City of Nelson wants residents to be reminded to conserve water.


“By reducing peak demand, we reduce our impact on water supply, distribution infrastructure, treatment infrastructure and on the environment,” said a City of Nelson press release, adding lawns only require 3 cm of water or about an hour of sprinkling per week.


In order to prepare residents for the hotter weather of summer, effective immediately, the City is asking residents to:


  • Water every other day only.  Premises with “even” numbered civic addresses may sprinkle on “even” numbered days of the month (ie: 2nd, 4th, 6th etc) and premises with “odd” numbered civic addresses may sprinkle on “odd” numbered days of the month (ie: 1st, 3rd, 5th etc).


  • Water in the early morning, before 10 a.m., or early evening, after 6 p.m.


  • Premises with underground sprinklers should have the system checked for leaks and the timer set to only give the lawn about one hour worth of water each week.


  • Ensure that water does not over-spray onto sidewalks, driveways or roads.


The City of Nelson, in conjuction with Columbia Basin Trust, has hired a Water Smart Ambassador to walk the neighbourhoods of Nelson and speak to residents on their water usage.


Residents can contact the  Ambassador to provide a free Lawn and Garden Sprinkler Assessment and receive a free hose timer or rain gauge.



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