World Water Day



Every year on the 22nd of March, the World Water Day is celebrated to focus on the importance of water and the need to preserve it.

Climate change is bringing warmer overall temperatures, less rain in the summer, more extreme dry periods, and changes to the amount and timing of rain and snow throughout the year. These changes will impact water demands and may also affect the amount of water we can store and release for use during the growing season. Water-use efficiency keeps water in our lakes and reservoirs so we can make it through drought years without needing increased restrictions.

GEID is focused on conservation and ensuring that all water consumption is metered. With all water being metered, we can more accurately analyze full cost recovery, assurance of fairness and equity, while maintaining support for our agricultural customers. 

Last year, GEID adopted a water rate structure for agricultural customers that rewards water-use efficiency and supports climate change adaptation. The parcel tax was reduced and a usage rate per cubic meter was applied.  A customer that used the same amount of water in 2022 as 2021 would have paid less!  This new rate structure rewards the water conservation efforts of farmers – saving water will also save money.

Since its implementation, GEID has received many calls and notes of appreciation from customers, commending the District for making the change in the agricultural rate structure.  The awareness of consumption being used has resulted in improved overall water management for irrigation use in 2022 …. and that is worth celebrating!

Watering Restrictions:

Kelowna’s four major water utilities have assigned day, water conservation measures in place to help to reduce peaks in water use, reducing the high demands on our water delivery system at any given time. This allows the system to keep up with the demands for drinking water, irrigation, commercial use and storage for fire protection.

Drought conditions in the Okanagan have potential to be very high this summer, with high temperature and low precipitation.  GEID reminds all water users that it is critical to conserve water now wherever possible.  Making reductions to limit unnecessary water use will help to reduce the need to advance water restrictions later in the season or next year should a multi-year drought occur.

For water-use efficiency tips and to learn how to prepare for drought, please visit

Current ‘NORMAL’ Residential Water Use Restrictions:

Water Restrictions
For more detail on water usage for GEID drought stages click here.


Learn About Water Conservation:

Environmental Operators Certification Program
Okanagan Basin Water Board
Water Supply Association of BC

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Annual District System Flushing

Crews will perform annual water main flushing in the District throughout April and May 2023, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Agricultural Irrigation (A-Grade) and General Irrigation (G-Grade) Turn on Dates

Seasonal irrigation is available from the beginning of April to the end of September, in accordance with GEID’s water license provisions. A-Grade irrigation turn-ons are tentatively scheduled to occur the during first week of April 2023, weather dependant. Please ensure your gate valve is opened after we turn on your water at the property line.

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The Glenmore Ellison Improvement District (GEID) is governed by a Board of Trustees. Each year, an Annual Election is called to fill the rotating three (3) year terms for Trustees of the Board.

In 2021, GEID held its Annual Election during the month of April, a month prior to the AGM that year, in an effort to accommodate the current Provincial COVID Protocols. This was outside of the timing specified in GEID’s Letters Patent. As a result, it has been determined that the 2021 Annual Election of Trustees is of no effect and a By-Election is required to fill two (2) Board vacancies. A new Ministerial Order (M10-2023) has since been issued by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, amending GEID’s Letters Patent to allow its AGM and Election to be held at any time during the calendar year.

Nominations for the two (2) Board vacancies to be filled, each for a one (1) year term, will be open from 8:00 am on March 24, 2023 until 3:00 pm on April 3, 2023.

If a By-Election is required, voting will take place on Thursday April 20, 2023 between the hours of 10:00 am and 6:00 pm at the GEID Office. An Advanced Poll is available between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm of Wednesday April 12, 2023 also at the GEID Office.

Nomination Forms are available for pick up at the GEID Office during this period, during normal office hours.


For more information, please call the office at 250.763.6506.

Water Meter Reading Device (MXU) Upgrade Project

Glenmore Ellison Improvement District Water Utility is conducting a project to upgrade many remote reading devices (MXU’s) that are necessary to read water meters throughout the district. GEID has contracted KTI Utility Services to replace water meter readers in your neighborhood and may require access to your current water meter located inside your home or business. If the installer is unable to do the installation from outside, we will knock on the door to try to do the install at the time they are there. If we can not gain access we will leave a door tag with more information on how to book an appointment. We will also mail out a second notice with more information on booking an appointment if required.

Installers will have a company marked shirt, ID badge available upon request and a decal on their vehicle.

For more information please call KTI Services at 1-833-543-8807. Thank you for your cooperation.