The City has enough water in reservoirs to meet demand during the shutdown, but is asking residents to conserve just in case.

Maintenance to shut down Castlegar water supply tomorrow

City asks residents to limit water use to essential needs during those times

Castlegar residents are being asked to limit their water use tomorrow evening.

The city says maintenance at the Mercer Celgar pulp mill forced a shut down of the city’s main water supply on Saturday morning, and will again on Tuesday evening from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

The city gets its water from the Arrow Lakes from a system run by Mercer Celgar. When they shut down their water operations for maintenance, it cuts off the city’s supply.

The city will have enough in its reservoirs to supply the community, says utilities manager Jesse Reel, but it makes sense to limit your water to use to essentials during the shutdowns.

“Residents won’t likely even notice it’s in effect,” he said. “But if you’re going to fill your pool, or your hot tub, or wash your driveway, we ask that you don’t do it during that time.”

Mercer Celgar planned maintenance work is taking place to ensure the reliability of the water pumps.


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