By Lyonel Doherty
Less water consumption appears to be a trend in Oliver.
So says Director of Operations Shawn Goodsell in his 2017 Annual Water Report.
Goodsell presented highlights of the report to Town council on Monday, noting that Oliver used seven per cent less water overall in 2017 compared to 2016.
“Less consumption seems to be a regular trend looking back the last 17 years,” he said.
The Town provides domestic water to approximately 2,393 residential and 174 commercial connections, which are all metered.
Irrigation water is also provided to 601 connections, irrigating approximately 5,200 acres of farmland.
Goodsell said the water system’s maximum demand day in 2017 was on August 2 when 4,033,207 US gallons were used. The minimum demand day was April 6 when 606,954 US gallons were used.
The total domestic water consumption was 807,143,242 US gallons, while the total irrigation water consumption was 2,414,326,951 US gallons, which accounts for 75 per cent of the total.
Capital and major projects started or completed in 2017 include: canal rehabilitation study, Fairview irrigation control improvements, new provincial groundwater licencing compliance, Gallagher Lake siphon relocation, and drought management plan.
Water councillor Rick Machial said water conservation is what the Town wants, but he expressed concern about less revenue if residents are using less water. So he asked at what point does the Town adjust the rates?
Chief Financial Officer Devon Wannop said council might have to start looking at 5 per cent increases in water rates.