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Anglemont residents must restrict water use

Due to low water reservoir issues,  Anglemont residents are facing a water conservation order. - photo contributed
Due to low water reservoir issues, Anglemont residents are facing a water conservation order.
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Once again, the old adage "timing is everything," has proven true.

Just one month before Anglemont Estates residents are due to be hooked up to a new, state-of-the-art water system, they have received a mandatory water conservation notice –  a precautionary notice to get people to limit non-essential water use.

Columbia Shuswap Regional District Water Services co-ordinator Terry Langlois says the move was made because the extreme cold has drastically slowed the flow of Bloom and Hudson creeks from which the Anglemont Water System draws its supply.

"It's reduced to the point where we're having problems keeping the reservoirs full," says Langlois. "And then, to complicate things, we had a water break this morning, which meant we lost some water out of our reservoirs."

Langlois says it's hard to say how much water was lost from the reservoir because the break was on one of the distribution lines and the water ran through the ditch systems and down towards the lake.

The new $10 million system, due to be online by the end of next month, includes a new water source, two pump stations, a complete new water treatment plant, reconstruction of four reservoirs, 10 new pressure reducing stations and many, many kilometres of new water main, Langlois says.

"It's been a huge project for us, probably one of the biggest infrastructure projects we have taken on," he says, noting CSRD officials are hopeful this will be the last crisis for the water system. "The old infrastructure was literally crumbling – water mains were breaking on a daily basis and residents told me they didn't know from day to day if they would have water until they turned their faucets on."

By end of March, potable water will be delivered to all homes in Anglemont Estates homes and CSRD will continue with other upgrades.

"None of the hydrants out there work, so we will rebuilding all the hydrants – that was always our secondary priority," he says, noting CSRD took over the system in December 2012. "It's important for us as the cost to residents is substantial and having operable fire hydrants will give them a reduction on insurance premiums."

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