The final water use reports for the 2017 irrigation season are complete and on the way to all landowners with metered irrigation services. These reports provide a summary of the annual water allotment for each property and the total water used during the irrigation season.
And what a season it was! A very wet spring with considerable runoff and localized flooding in the main stem lakes, was followed by a long, hot summer with very little precipitation from early June through to the end of September. The historical average net moisture deficit for the period May 15 to October 15 is 694 mm (27.3 inches). This year the deficit for the same period was 743 mm (29.25 inches), a seven percent increase above normal.
The hot, dry weather was reflected in the high overall demand on the district's water reserves and the below average volume of water left in our reservoirs going into the winter. The Board of Trustees wishes to extend their thanks to all landowners who were able to stay within their allotment for the year. We are confident that with a moderate snowfall over the winter months we will have adequate water resources for the 2018 irrigation season.
As referenced above, the final 2017 water use report provides a summary of the annual water allotment for the property and the total water use for the year. A negative number indicates the allotment has been exceeded. Those properties that have exceeded the allotment will be assessed a penalty based on the metered rate as provided for under the District’s Irrigation Water Distribution and Regulation Bylaw (other penalties may also apply). Penalties are included with the property water tax bill that will be mailed later this month. The penalty is payable under the same terms and conditions as your water taxes. It should be noted that no irrigation water will be available to the property in 2018 until the irrigation penalty has been paid.