Summerland’s dams have now stopped spilling and the community will use the water in the reservoirs for the remainder of the year.
The dams stopped spilling on June 17 around 2:30 p.m.
In an effort to increase awareness of the watershed and dependency on stored water in Summerland, the fourth annual Thirsk Dam Contest was held during Earth Week in April.
Contestants were asked to guess when Thirsk Dam would stop spilling.
There were more than 50 entries, Gord Thorne of Summerland won the contest. He guessed June 17 at 3:40 a.m.
He wins a gift certificate from Summerland Greenhouses and a box of local peaches and apples and a jar of local honey.
Summerland is using stored water until next year’s freshette season. During freshette season, the Trout Creek watershed dams fill from snow melt and precipitation.
Summerland has a gravity fed water system that usually fills to overflow, supplying domestic and irrigation requirements as well as the environmental needs.
Organizers of the contest urge Summerlanders to be thoughtful on how to use water. They recommend upgrading irrigation systems, using time clocks, fixing leaks and using allocated water efficiently.