Watering - Agricultural and Acreages

The District is licensed to provide seasonal irrigation water only from April 1 to September 30 of each year, with irrigation valves turned on/off each year by District crews.

Note:  Water supplied by the District to a property is for that property alone; watering or sprinkling from one property to another is not permitted.

1.  Water Allotment

The water allotment is different in the Glenmore and Ellison areas due to different soil composition and water absorption rates. Water meters and master dole valves have been installed by the District on most irrigation valves throughout the District.  The size of the dole valve and meter match the water allotment for each property.  "D" grade land cannot be watered. Water allotments and regulations are as follows:

  • Glenmore users are allowed 4.5 gallons/acre/minuteIf a Glenmore customer has 10 acres of "A" grade land, the formula would be - 10 acres x 4.5 US gpm = 45gpm total allocated water.

  • Ellison customers are permited 5.0 gallons/acre/minute.  For an Ellison customer with 10 acres of "A" grade land, the formula would be - 10 acres x 5.0 US gpm = 50 gpm total allocated water.

"A" lands are Farm-Status lands (as determined by the B.C. Assessment Authority).  The farm portion of these lands may be watered 24/7 during the irrigation season HOWEVER, the annual allotment for the property cannot be exceeded.  Any lawns or gardens for the domestic residence can only be watered according to residential restrictions (odd/even days within specific hours).

"G" lands are lands over 1 acre which do not have Farm Status.  These lands may only be watered according to odd/even watering regulations for all other non-farm properties.   

2.  Number of sprinklers

To calculate the number of sprinklers or dole valves allowed, divide the number of sprinklers per zone into total allowable gallons per minute. This will provide the dole valve size for the acreage. For example:

  • 45gpm divided by 9 sprinkler heads = 5 gpm dole valve size     OR
  • 45gpm divided by 15 sprinkler heads = 3 gpm dole valve size

3.  On-site Dole Valves

Dole valves are required on each sprinkler head to regulate water flows throughout the on-site irrigation system.  Lack of individual dole valves will result in an uneven flow of water throughout the property's irrigation lines.  The master dole valve has been installed at property to help protect the meter; it will not help regulate flows throughout the property.

4.  Agricultural Meters

Most acreages are now metered under the Canada-British Columbia Water Supply Expansion Program.  This program will provide many benefits to the District, primarily the delay of costly upgrades or expansion of the system as a result of better water conservation and watering practices.  The environment is also expected to benefit as the District may be able to rely on existing water licensing and postpone the need for additional withdrawals from its sources.

5.  Leaks and water running onto adjacent propery

Customers on these larger properties should check and repair any leaks within the irrigation system and  keep all sprinkler heads in good repair. No watering is permitted outside the property or on roadways. Please check to ensure water is not pooling and running onto adjacent lands.

6.  Winterization of Irrigation Systems

When blowing out irrigation lines, owners of "A" and "G" grade lands should ensure that GEID's meter is protected.  In addition, caution must be taken that no water is blown back through the meter into GEID's watermains as this will cause contamination of the District's water system and may damage the meter and valving.  Damages to any District valving caused by improper drainage will be repaired by the District however, all costs for such repairs are the responsibility of the landowner.