Water & Sewer User Guide

Water Conservation Measures

Water is a local, regional, national and global issue. West Kootenay residents use an average of 500 litres of water each day—more than almost anyone else in the world. While water quantity is not a serious concern in Nelson, it’s important to note that the drinking water we all use, has been collected, stored, treated and distributed, all at a cost. Further, should Nelson experience fire, ensuring that our water reservoirs remain full is essential.

Water Smart

The City of Nelson thanks “Water Smart" residents for their cooperation and reminds everyone to be especially water smart in warm weather:

  • Water every other day only. Premises with even-numbered civic addresses may sprinkle on even-numbered days; premises with odd-numbered civic addresses may sprinkle on odd-numbered days
  • Water in the early morning before 10 a.m. or early evening after 6 p.m.
  • Premises with underground sprinklers should set the timer to give the lawn approximately one hour’s worth of water each week
  • Ensure that water does not over-spray onto sidewalks, driveways or roads

The City of Nelson is doing its part by:

  • Irrigating the Lakeside Park and Sports fields with lake water
  • Irrigating Davies St Park with water from Anderson Creek
  • Irrigating Nelson Memorial Cemetery with well water
  • All other parks receive minimal watering during the summer months

More Information

For more information on how to conserve water:

  • Province of B.C. water conservation
  • Use Water Wisely
  • Environment Canada

For more information, please call 250-352-8238, or email Public Works.

Sanitary Sewer Services: What You Should Know

Non-biodegradable materials flushed into City sewers can get stuck in the pipes or can plug the pumps of the City’s sewage processing facilities. These blockages can result in sewer lines backing up, creating unpleasant and often costly situations for the homeowner.

Never flush the following products:

  • Any Non-Biodegradable Item
  • Bandages
  • Cleaning Wipes (Including Baby Wipes and Paper Towels)
  • Cloth Materials
  • Condoms
  • Cotton Balls
  • Cotton Ear Swabs
  • Dental Floss
  • Diapers
  • Facial Tissue
  • Feminine Hygiene Products and Their Applicators
  • Grease
  • Hair (Human or Pet)
  • Make-Up Pads
  • Plastic Bags
  • Small Toys
  • Teeth Whitening Strips
  • Unused Medications

By keeping sewer lines clear, everyone wins. For more information please call 250-352-8238