DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead says he’s put a motion forward to review the city’s water conservation bylaw, allowing increased usage for residents watering their yards and lawns over the summer months.

The idea will be discussed at their July 19 meeting, said the Mile Zero mayor, noting he feels increased watering would be a benefit for public safety in targeting the dry summer experienced by Mile Zero and the effort spent by residents on keeping yards healthy.

Bumstead says the stages were put in years ago to ensure conservation, a goal that has since been achieved.

“Really we were looking at conservation and wanted to ensure we were strong advocates of an important resource. To me, having looked at it this summer, I feel we need to readdress, and have council look at it, to bring back some alternatives and give people more flexibility.”

He notes the city’s water reserves are in good health, with more than enough water to service added demand.

“If residents choose to water more frequently we should explore that option. It keeps utility infrastructure healthy, provides additional revenue to our water utility if residents choose to use more water for their use.”