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RDEK reminding residents of changes to Lake Windermere watering schedule

With the approach of Canada Day, the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) is letting you know that East Side Lake Windermere residents cannot water their lawns over the long weekend.

“Outdoor watering accounts for the largest water use, and on the East Side Water System, the July and August long weekends are the two times of the year where we see peak demand being placed on the system,” said Engineering Services Manager Brian Funke. “As a result, we have updated our watering hours for 2022 and are asking residents to adjust their watering habits and sprinklers to abide by the new guidelines.”

For East Side water system users, you can run manual sprinklers between 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Automatic sprinklers can be from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m.

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Even-numbered homes can water on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, while odd-numbered addresses can water Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Nobody can water their lawns on Fridays.

Additionally, no watering of lawns is allowed over long weekends, from July 1 to July 4 and July 29 to August 1.

These rules apply to the communities of Windermere, Timber Ridge, Timber Heights, Baltac, Akiskinook, Calberley Beach, Swansea, Pedley Heights, Copper Point Resort and East Side.

“Having set watering hours controls costs, conserves water and creates balance in the system demand. They are in place for the benefit of the entire community,” said Funke.

RDEK officials said all of its water systems have set watering hours.

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