Water Definitions and Terminology

Glossary of Drinking Water Terms
Dictionary of Drinking Water Terms
Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management GIS Glossary

Other Local Water Utilities

Black Mountain Irrigation
Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District
Southeast Kelowna Irrigation District
Rutland Waterworks District
Kelowna Joint Water Committee
City of Kelowna
Regional District of Central Okanagan
Greater Vernon Water
District of West Kelowna

Service utilities in BMID Service Area

Shaw Cable
Telus Telephone company
BC One Call - One call service for utility locates

Water Supply Organizations

BC Water & Waste Association
OBWB - Okanagan Water Wise
Water Supply Association of BC
Environmental Operators Certification Program
Canadian Water & Wastewater Assoc.
American Waterworks Association
USEPA, Water and Groundwater homepage
Irrigation Association
Irrigation Industry Assoc. of B.C.
Water Environment Federation
American Public Works Association
Groundwater Protection Council
Water Quality Organization
National Groundwater Association
CivicInfo BC
Ministry of Community, Sport & Cultural Dev - Local Govt Dept

Regulations and Guidelines

Drinking Water Protection Act
Drinking Water Protection Regulation
Summary of Guideline for Canadian Drinking Water Quality
Technical support documents for Water quality
Interior Health Authority - Drinking Water
Government Publications/Regulations listings

Water Resource Information Links

Environment Canada, Expanding the Dialogue on Climate Change
Ministry of Environment, Water Stewardship Division
Drought Information - Ministry of Agriculture
Environment Canada homepage
Weather Office in Kelowna
Weather in Kelowna, the weather network
Integrated Land Management Bureau
Stream Flow data - real time online
Bathymetric Standards for Lake Inventories
Ministry of Environment
World Lakes Database
Fun & Interesting Water Facts
Make Water Work!

What is in the Water and What does it Mean

Chlorine Chemistry Council
Health Canada - Guide to Well Water Treatment and Maintenance
Health Canada - Water Quality
Health Canada - Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality
Health Canada - Drinking Water Chlorination
Irrigation Water Use and Planning - Province of BC
Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management
Ministry of Health - Public Health Protection: Drinking Water Program
Provincial Emergency Program
Statutes of British Columbia - Health Act
Water Conservation - Environment Canada
Water Saver Home
Water Saver Landscaping


It is important for the agricultural meter on your property to be properly winterized.

It will be your responsibility to ensure air or water is not blown backwards through the meter into the BMID system during the winterization of your system, as this process will damage the meter. If a meter requires replacement due to a property owner’s lack of care and attention, it will be at the property owner’s expense.

In accordance with the requirements set out in our licensing, BMID crew will begin turning off irrigation during the week of October 2, 2017. At this time they will close the gate valve at the property. The OWNER must ensure this gate valve is OPEN once their irrigation system has been winterized. Failure to open the gate valve may result in a cracked valve which will have to be replaced at the property owner’s expense.

If you have any questions regarding your agricultural meter or this winterization process, please contact the office at 250-765-5169. Thank you for your co-operation.