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Water restrictions in effect for Harrison Hot Springs

Conservation efforts expected to remain until Sept. 30
Harrison Hot Springs recently began their annual restrictions to conserve water across the village. They are expected to remain in place until at least Sept. 30. (Black Press File Photo)

In an effort to conserve water for fire protection and household needs, water restrictions are now in effect for the village of Harrison Hot Springs. 

Residents who live at an address ending in an even number can water their lawns between 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Those living at addresses ending in an odd number may water their lawns Wednesday and Sunday, from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

Last August, the lawn-watering restrictions were tightened even further when the 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. time slot was discontinued to further conserve water during the severe drought period.

Harrison residents are asked to limit non-essential water use, which not only includes watering lawns but also watering gardens and washing boats and vehicles. 

Village officials offer a number of tips to help conserve water: 

  • Choose local, drought-resistant plants for your garden
  • Invest in water-conserving shower heads, hose nozzles and toilets
  • Turn off your tap while shaving, brushing your teeth and washing dishes 
  • Only run your dishwasher and washing machine when you have a full load

Water restrictions are expected to be in place until at least Sept. 30. 

According to the B.C. Drought and Watershed Watch Map, the eastern Fraser Valley – including Agassiz-Harrison – is under a level 1 drought, as of publication. As such, adverse affects on quality of life and the local ecosystem are currently rare. 

Category 2 and 3 fires are prohibited throughout the Coastal Fire Centre, which includes Agassiz-Harrison. Campfires are allowed within the District of Kent with a permit. 

To report wildfires or irresponsible behaviour that could start a wildfire, call 1-800-663-5555 (*5555 from a cell phone) as soon as possible.

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