As of Thursday, August 27, Rossland will implement stage four water restrictions, which means that there will be a lawn sprinkling ban in effect.
Rosslanders first received a notice in their mailboxes about water restrictions on Wednesday, August 19.
The notice informed residents that “water reservoirs have dropped well below full capacity due to the unusually dry season and remarkably low creek levels,” and that stage three water restrictions were in effect as of August 20.
On Monday, August 17 at the City of Rossland council meeting, mayor and councillors had questioned how many people even knew that the city had water restrictions.
A small survey done outside the Rossland Mountain Market on Thursday revealed that most residents were aware that restrictions existed even before the notice went out, though some people said they did need a refresher on what exactly the restrictions were.
“I just assume that come June we have water restrictions,” said one resident.
Rossland’s stage two water restrictions, which are observed from June 15 to September 30, restrict watering to every other day—on even days for even numbered houses, and on odd days for odd numbered houses. Watering is further restricted to mornings (7-11 a.m.) and evenings (5-9 p.m.).
Under the stage three water restrictions, residents are only be able to water every other day from 7-9 a.m. and from 7-9 p.m.
Now that Rossland has progressed to stage four, there will be no lawn watering allowed. Gardens can still be watered, but it needs to be done using either some kind of container, like a watering can, or a hose with a spring-loaded shut off device.
Washing anything with a hose is also banned under the restrictions as are any pools, wading pools, garden ponds or fountains that don’t reuse the same water continuously.