Watering Ban Kicks In On Monday
Prince George, B.C. – The city of Prince George will be under a watering ban from noon Monday June 12th to the evening of Friday June 16th.
The ban will still allow residents to irrigate gardens and lawns, provided they are using a hand held device, such as a watering can or nozzle on a hose, but sprinkling is banned.
Why is a ban needed?
In the video below, City Engineering Department’s Hayley Sedola explains the project:
The City is completing its twinning of lines to connect two of its major wells, Fish Trap Island,(PW660) and Wilson Park (PW605). The restrictions are being put in place so the final connections can be made.
The two wells provide most of the water used in the City and building a redundancy between them will help protect the City from any future mechanical problems or water quality concerns. So if one well fails, the other can be used as a back up to ensure residents have the water they need and there is sufficient water pressure for fire suppression.
During the ban, , don’t be surprised to see the City continue to water its sport fields, or annuals planted in civic gardens. Those areas will need to be sprinkled to ensure either a high quality of turf for sports or to water areas that cannot be done by hand.
Also, those properties which have their own wells, such as the PG Golf and Curling Club, or private residences with wells, will not be impacted by this ban as they are not on the City’s water system.
The twinning project has been underway for a year , and installing the final connections is the last step before the $3 million dollar project is complete. The funding for this project comes from the Water Utility Reserve fund.