City of Armstrong temporarily switches water source

By Staff Writer – Vernon Morning Star
Published: May 27, 2012 1:00 AM

Armstrong makes temporary switch to groundwater.

A change in water source is resulting in water restrictions for the City of Armstrong.

Due to spring run-off and heavy rains, the city switched water sources from Fortune Creek surface supply to groundwater wells.

“The creek water is temporarily too high in turbidity and colour to be reliable,” said the city in an advertisement in Friday’s Morning Star.

Some of the changes that residents may notice with the well water include the water being slightly warmer and it may taste differently. It also requires soap for cleaning.

“It’s still entirely safe to use,” assured the city’s public works department.

Because the well water is limited, the city found it necessary to implement Stage 2 water restrictions immediately.

During Stage 2, you can’t use a sprinkler or irrigation system to water a lawn, garden, trees or shrubs, or wash driveways, sidewalks, parking lots and exterior building surfaces.

A person may, however, water trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables by hand, but only during the prescribed Stage 1 watering hours and days which are:

    • An even-numbered address may water on even days of the calendar, odd-numbered addresses may water on odd days, and between the hours of 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to midnight;


A person can water newly planted trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables if watering by hand during installation and for the following 24 hours.

The restrictions apply to all residents of the City of Armstrong, Pleasant Valley and Round Prairie Specified Areas, Highland Park, Stardel, Silver Star and Lansdowne Water Districts, and other residents of Spallumcheen who receive City of Armstrong water.

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