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Water Conservation

The City of Terrace wishes to remind all residents that water sprinkling restrictions are in force year-round.

Lawn sprinkling is permitted at any time (although before 9:00 a.m. is preferred) on the following days:

  • ODD numbered houses - ON ODD DAYS of the month
  • EVEN numbered houses - ON EVEN DAYS of the month
  • Hand sprinkling of flowers and shrubs with a controlled nozzle is allowed at any time.

These restrictions are required to ensure that adequate water supply is available for fire fighting purposes, and to keep the costs of delivering water to a minimum. As conditions warrant, further restrictions may be imposed if required, and these will be advertised.  Please note under the City's Water Distribution and Sale Bylaw No. 1326-1993, violations may result in a minimum fine of $100.

The City thanks you for your assistance in the sensible and moderate use of water.

For further information regarding Water Conservation and Additional Restrictions

Water Is A Precious Resource: Conservation Can Save You Money

Upgrading a city’s water system is extremely expensive, usually measured in the millions of (tax) dollars even in a small community. Since most water systems are designed with fireflows in mind, the distribution lines are sized larger than needed for residential use; increased use leads directly to increased cost in the form of new construction or increased metering.

Because Canada (and especially British Columbia) is covered with lakes and rivers, we tend to take water for granted, but the truth is most of it is unsafe to drink and must be disinfected. Naturally safe sources are relatively few. Every drop of water, whether we drink it or it goes down a drain, costs all of us money. Typically, less than 1% of municipal water is used for drinking.

Terrace’s Frank Street Well is a clean, safe source of water, but no source can deliver an unlimited supply of water. To eventually add another well would be very expensive, and should not be done until it is absolutely necessary – for drinking water and fire protection.

High flow conditions in Terrace are caused by:

  • Increased or unmonitored lawn watering
  • Vehicle and driveway washing
  • Unmetered leaks

Please Honor The Sprinkling Restrictions – It Helps

Water Conservation Tips:

  • Water only when the lawn begins to show signs of stress; most people overwater their lawns.
  • Water early in the morning when evaporation rates are lowest
  • Place your sprinkler carefully to avoid waste.
  • Don’t water streets, sidewalks or driveways; sweep them.
  • Plant indigenous species as much as possible.
  • Repair leaks and dripping faucets.
  • When renovating, upgrade fixtures to water-savers.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Use a nozzle that shuts off automatically when you are washing your car. (10 minutes = approximately 75 gallons of water)
  • Wash only full loads in your washing machine or dishwasher, and use a short cycle whenever possible.
  • Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap until the water cools.

Water Conservation Program - Guide

The City of Terrace has recently delivered a publication to your home entitled "Household Guide to Water Efficiency". The City is pleased to provide you with this Guide. It’s packed with information on the wise use of water for both inside and outside the home. The guide shows you how to test for and repair leaks, make the most efficient use of water when doing daily chores, and plan landscapes with water efficiency in mind. Please keep this guide as a reference source for future years.

Although water around Terrace is plentiful, the treatment and delivery of safe water to our residents is not free. The cost of running the water system in the City of Terrace is over one million dollars each year. If we use water carefully we may not have to look for additional water supplies or upgrade our pipe systems for many years.

The biggest single strain on our system is lawn sprinkling. Hot summer weather will more than double water use in Terrace and often puts us on the edge of not having enough water reserves for fire fighting. The water efficiency guide tells you how to keep water use down while still maintaining a healthy lawn.

We hope you enjoy the guide, and have a great summer!

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