Water levels remain high

Despite hot and dry summer weather, the municipality still has plenty of water in its reservoirs.

Despite hot and dry summer weather, the municipality still has plenty of water in its reservoirs.

Shawn Hughes, water distribution chief operator for the municipality, said Summerland’s reservoirs have around 11,000 megalitres at present.

The total capacity is 14,136 megalitres.

Because the water level has remained high, the community has not needed to impose watering limits beyond the Stage 1 restrictions which are in place throughout the year.

“There’s no concern about going into Stage 2 at this point,” Hughes said.

He said careful water use from the community is part of the reason the storage levels are good at present.

Hughes said the municipality did not need to issue any water quality advisories this summer.

In the past, advisories were issued during the summer as water processed at the water treatment plant was mixed in with chlorinated water, in order to meet the community’s summertime demands.

Although the plant was operating near full capacity on several occasions this summer, Hughes said supplementing the treated water with chlorinated water was not necessary this year.

The water system separation, which separates domestic water from irrigation water, has reduced the demand on the treatment plant, he said, but added that further separation is still needed.

The next phase of water system separation will be in the Garnett Valley area.

At the Union of B.C. Municipalities conference this week, Summerland representatives were scheduled to meet with provincial officials to ask for the funding assistance for this project.