The Town of Oliver operates an extensive rural and municipal water system serving domestic water to approximately 2,393 residential customers, 174 industrial/commercial customers and irrigation water to 601 agriculture connections which equates to irrigating over 5,200 acres of farm land and 455 acres of non-farm land.
Water is supplied from a combination of underground and surface sources and varies with demand during different seasons.
The Water Utility is operated as a single, self-sufficient entity. Although the rural and municipal water systems do run somewhat independently, their costs and expenses are pooled in a single fund. Major past projects, mostly related to the irrigation supply system, have been jointly shared by all water users. The Water Fund has used a combination of reserves and grant money for upgrades and improvements to the water system. A majority of the spending started taking place from the first Twinning (PH 1) project which started in 2007.
Water is the root of all life in the Okanagan Valley. It is fundamental to our health, security and success. It is vital to the extraordinary landscapes, powerful economy, and unique culture here in Oliver. There is less water available per person in the Okanagan than anywhere else in Canada, and the Okanagan has one of the highest rates of water use per person in Canada. Outdoor watering of lawns and gardens is the prime use of our water. Please consider making water-wise choices with the numerous tips found below.
In The Home
- Check for leaks in your home. Toilets and taps can have noticeable leaks but did you know humidifiers, ice makers, and reverse osmosis water filtration systems can all have slow leaks as well.
- Turn off water when brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Install efficient washing machines and only clean clothes when you have a load to wash. Washing machines that load from the front are 30 to 50 percent much better and efficient than machines that load from the top, they don’t clean load better. Front load machines also consume less energy and water.
- The largest water users in your home is the shower and toilet. Installing a low flow toilet and shower head can save you hundreds of litres of water per week.
In The Yard
- Putting water to work during the coolest part of the day prevents evaporation. A good rule of thumb is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
- Don’t let water waste your time, effort and money! It should sprinkle your lawn or garden, not pavement.
- Leave grass 2-3 inches tall (5-8cm). Water stays longer when grass is longer. Leaving your grass longer slows evaporation from the soil, making it work more effectively!
Most lawns need just 2.5cm (one inch) of water per week—about the depth of a tuna can. Watering deeply and less often promotes deep, healthy root growth.
Collect and use rainwater. It’s FREE! Rain barrels collect fresh, naturally soft and chemical-free water that is great for container plants, flower beds, and food gardens