Sprinkling Ban To End
Prince George, B.C. – The enhanced water restrictions in place in Prince George since Monday, will be lifted as of 5 p.m. today.
There are still watering restrictions in place, which call for even numbered homes allowed to water on even numbered days, odd numbered homes on odd numbered days, and not between noon and five of any day.
Public Works Acting Director Gina Layte-Liston says the problem was both with the pumps and the reservoir, not the aquifer “We didn’t see any draw down or decreases in the aquifer’s capacity, so we found that the pumps that we have , which are built for these types of populations, were at max capacity and so when you have your pumps at max capacity, it has a difficult time maintaining the levels in the reservoir.”
On Monday, the level in the reservoir was down to levels of concern when it comes to the ability to fight fires. “On Monday, at one well, we pumped 60 million litres of water in a 24 hour period, comparatively to Wednesday ( when the restriction was in place) for a 24 hour period when we pumped 29 million litres of water, so we had over 47% decrease in the amount of water used. ” She says the average from that one well is about 29 million litres, so it is clear a lot or most of that extra pressure was coming from irrigation efforts.
Layte-Liston says no one was fined during the water restriction period, “The reason we didn’t do that is we wanted to get out there and do an education piece. so we definitely had staff out there for a number of nights covering the city and that was all about information and educating residents.”
Layte-Liston says the regular watering restrictions ( odd, even and time) are covered by a bylaw that’s been in place for about a decade, so, anyone caught in contravention of that bylaw, will be fined. “For the next few days, we will have staff out enforcing the bylaw.”