In the wake of recent flooding, the District of Lake has issued an Urgent Water Notice advising that residents restrict their water use to domestic use only.
“The flooding has compromised the Oyama Lake and Beaver Lake water supply,” said Greg Buchholz, Director of Infrastructure Services. “So we are relying completely on the lower lakes and must restrict everyone to domestic uses of water until further notice.”
Lake Country residents are asked to not use water for outdoor irrigation and to turn off sprinkler systems as well as refrain from filling swimming pools.
“Options are being explored to get the agricultural irrigation back in operation as soon as possible,” said Mayor James Baker. “Filling a sprayer is okay, but all farmers are being asked not to irrigate right now.”
In addition, residents are reminded that under no circumstances should they direct storm, ground or drainage water into the sanitary sewers. Directing inappropriate flows into the sewer system is overwhelming the system and could cause system failure and public health and environmental impacts. The district is warning that illegal connections and discharges will be investigated as serious offenses with financial penalties.
District water utility staff are currently assessing the systems and monitoring the flooding impacts to provide basic water service for portable supply and fire protection.