Effective immediately, the City of Merritt is relaxing watering restrictions.
From today until September 30, 2019, residents are permitted to water up to three days per week, based on civic address. Odd-numbered houses are permitted to water on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and even-numbered homes permitted to water on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The watering times are from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Those with automatic sprinkler systems are encouraged to water between 12:00 midnight and 4:00 a.m.
Washing cars and hand watering using a controlled flow nozzle are permitted at any time.
Barring a significant change in the weather pattern, all watering restrictions will be removed on September 30, 2019, per the City’s Outdoor Watering Conservation policy.
As a City, we thank the residents for their support as we all worked to preserve adequate flows in the Coldwater River. “I am thrilled to see rain”, said Mayor Linda Brown, “Though there was plenty of water in our aquifers, it was extremely concerning to see such limited flow in the Coldwater River. Whether it be flood or drought, water management will continue to be a priority for this Council”.
Through this process, the City received many questions about the effectiveness of watering restrictions, the health of our aquifers, and the actions that were being taken by water users outside the City of Merritt.
We understand the impetus for these questions and have arranged a meeting on October 1, 2019, @ 6:00 p.m. at City Hall where Council will be discussing these questions and other groundwater matters with experts from the Fraser Basin Council, and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development. Interested members of the public are encouraged to attend.
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