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Water Restrictions

On October 5, 2015, City Council approved year round watering conservation measures for City Water Utility customers and directed staff to bring Bylaw amendments forward regarding year round watering conservation measures. These amendments were brought forward to Council and approved on April 18, 2016. 

The current water use restriction "Normal", as described in Schedule E - City of Kelowna Water Use Restrictions Stages, is the default water restriction in place at all times, unless a water use Restrictions Stage is declared by the City Water Utility Manager or City Council.

Normal Residential and Commercial Water Use Restrictions:

Properties with an odd number address may water yards and lawns on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; even address numbers may water on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

  • Automatic underground irrigation systems may run between 12 a.m. (midnight) and 6 a.m. up to three days per week 
    • for example, an odd numbered home can water anytime between 12 a.m. (midnight) and 6 a.m.  on Tuesday, Thursday and/or Saturday
  • Manual sprinklers can occur between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. and midnight on the assigned days, up to three days per week.
  • Hand watering (or using a spring loaded nozzle or watering can) can occur at any time. 
  • No properties are to water on Mondays.

Odd/even water conservation measures help to keep our peak water demands down so that we can continue to supply sufficient water for all our needs without expensive upgrades to our delivery system. See Schedule E - City of Kelowna Water Use Restrictions Stages for details on all stages.

For Commercial Water Use Restrictions, Public Institutional Water Use Restrictions and Agricultural Water Use Restrictions, please see Schedule E - City of Kelowna Water Use Restrictions Stages.

For tips on conserving water in and around your home, visit our Water Smart page.

Need to re-program your irrigation system?

Below are the links to some of the most common irrigation controller manuals​.

Hunter Pro C (see page 23 for directions) [VIDEO]
Irritrol Kwik Dial (see page 12 for directions) [VIDEO]
Rain Bird ESP (see page 7 for directions) There are a number of variations of the ESP timer. Please visit the Rain Bird website for links to various controller manuals.
Toro TMC 212 (see page 24 for directions) [VIDEO]

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About the City Water Utility

The City Water Utility sources its water from Okanagan Lake and provides water to just over half of the Kelowna population. Over the past fifteen years, the Utility has made significant progress in water conservation efforts, giving us an edge during drought years. The City Water Utility has a metered water system and charges variable water rates. These variable rates demonstrate the value of water to customers by increasing rates as water consumption rises.

There are five separate water purveyors operating within city boundaries, each with their own water supply rates, requirements and watering restrictions. If you are not sure who provides your water, visit the Kelowna Joint Water Committee at or view the Water Provider Map. Please check your water provider's website for specific details on watering restrictions for your area.

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