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With the warm dry temperatures Merritt has been experiencing over the last number of weeks, the City has once again implemented it’s Outdoor Watering Conservation Policy.

Starting May 1, residents living in odd number homes have been required to water lawns or gardens on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, while those living in even numbered dwellings can water on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

However, according to Director of Corporate Services Sean Smith this may not be the only watering restriction we face this summer.

"As we (the City) gets closer to drought conditions, we hear from the province who requests initially that the city implemement additional restrictions," Smith said. " If it get worse it changes from a request into something a bit more formal which is mandated."

He adds that with drought conditions being a concern this year, the City hopes residents take these restrictions seriously over the next few months.

'Traditionally the residents of Merritt have oblidged with the restrictions and we don't see that changing this summer," he stated. "In the end it will benefit everyone."

The restrictions will be in effect until September 30 with the fine for watering offences within the city remains at $50.




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