Using Water Wisely During Extreme Heat
Due to the extreme temperatures over the weekend and high water demands, the Abbotsford
Mission Water & Sewer Commission would like to remind residents to try to conserve and use
water wisely. Water is a great way to cool off during extreme temperatures, but please remember
not to waste it. All our small uses add up. If demands continue to remain high, the region may
need to move to Stage 2 water restrictions.
Here are some tips for saving water during extreme drought and heat:
- consider allowing your lawn to go dormant, in favor of preserving trees and large shrubs;
- water early in the morning;
- install new turf and reseed in the Fall, rather than in the heat of the summer;
- use tree water bags and ollas (underground clay pots) for watering flower and vegetable beds;
- use drip irrigation for automatic irrigation systems;
- use a solar pool cover to prevent evaporation;
- fix leaks;
- turn off non-recirculating water features; and
- leave pressure washing to the Fall.
Please do your part. Conserve and Reserve!
While our water system can easily meet average day demands, our summer demands can be much higher. Water restrictions are in place to benefit the whole community and ensure that we continue to have a reliable quantity of water available all summer.
During the summer months, our water consumption increases, resulting in “peak days” when daily demand reaches its annual maximum. Our water system infrastructure is designed to meet peak day demands; however, this infrastructure is expensive and often has environmental impacts to water tables and streams. Restricting water use reduces peak day demands, thereby minimizing the need for new infrastructure while ensuring water system capacity is adequate to meet all needs. Neighbouring municipalities also adopt similar restrictions to reduce peak demands.
Our water restrictions are tied to the level of Dickson Lake. Dickson Lake provides the majority of drinking water to the residents of Abbotsford and Mission. Dickson Lake is monitored and the level is checked daily. As the lake gets lower, it triggers higher water restrictions during the peak water use months (May to September).
Both Mission and Abbotsford follow a Water Shortage Response Plan that is based on the Dickson Lake level. The lower the level, the higher stage water restrictions. Certain outdoor water uses are restricted during different stages. There are no water restrictions between October 1 - April 30.