Water Restrictions – Updated September 21, 2020
Effective Monday, September 21, 2020, the City of Merritt residents are asked to cease residential lawn watering and vehicle washing. This applies whether watering is done through automatic irrigation, controlled sprinklers, or by hand. Vegetables and flowers may be watered by hand as required, as long as a controlled flow nozzle is used. These water restrictions will continue in force until further notice.
The City of Merritt has implemented the following measures to reduce water consumption:
- Shut down the Rotary Spray Park
- Postponed the City Street Sweeping Program
- Not washing City equipment except for Garbage Trucks, Fire Trucks, and necessary Fire Department equipment
- Minimizing the use of the Voght Park well pumps and utilizing the Fairley Park and Collettville pumps as primaries
- Ceased irrigation in all parks and the cemetery, including flower beds
More info can be found on the Additional Watering Restrictions News Item
City Water System
The City of Merritt’s water system is made up of five wells that extract water from an aquifer located under most of the City of Merritt. The wells range from 30 meters to 150 meters deep and can supply up to a combined 315 L/sec. Currently three reservoirs store just over 5.5 million liters of the city’s water from these pumps. Another 1.5 million liters is in the approximately 70 km of piping ranging from 100mm to 350mm.
Merritt’s aquifer has supplied a safe and consistent supply of potable water for 50+ years. The City of Merritt has taken measures to help protect the aquifer with the use of signs and public education.
In November 2008 to meet permit requirements set out by Interior Health the City of Merritt started to chlorinate its water supply. The chlorination is performed at each pump house at levels regulated by Interior Health.
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