Water restrictions at the Smithers airport is something council will be looking at to deal with high summer usage and costs
The airport water system operates separate of the town supplying a subdivision and lake Kathlyn school
Mayor Taylor Bachrach says overall water usage needs to stay where it is to enable more development.
“At the airport we’re trying to build a light industrial subdivision,” says Bachrach. “We would potentially be looking at increased water usage in the future.”
It costs a little over 18 thousand a year to keep up with maintenance for the airport’s water. That’s over 84 thousand dollars since 2012. Before 2014, those costs we’re covered by airport revenues. Now they’re covered in the town’s water and sewer budget.
“We want to make sure we’re being as efficient as possible with water so we don’t have to make significant upgrades to that(airport water)system.”
Council will take a look at possible restrictions at tomorrow’s meeting.