The Regional District of Nanaimo announced Thursday morning, June 29, that it is moving to stage 3 watering restrictions for customers in the Nanoose Bay Peninsula Water Service Area, effective July 1.
Nanoose Bay joins the City of Parksville, which made its announcement on Tuesday, in the move to stage 3. To date, they are the only municipalities or areas within the Regional District of Nanaimo currently moving to stage 3 watering restriction.
Both the City of Parksville and the RDN are asking customers within these service areas to voluntarily reduce water consumption as watering restriction stage 3 becomes effective on July 1.
Stage 3 restrictions, just as with stage 2, enable residents to choose where they wish to cut back.
Effective conservation will help to defer stage 4 restrictions or a comprehensive watering ban, the city stated in a news release issued Tuesday.
The water supply for both Parksville and the Nanoose Bay peninsula comes from the Englishman River, and available capacity has been reduced in recent years by aging infrastructure and material plugging the infiltration gallery at the Englishman River pump station, said the release.
A new water intake and treament plant was approved and ground broken on construction earlier this year.
The new facility is expected to be completed in July 2019, and “will be able to supply increased water demands into the future,” said the release.
Detailed information about the city’s water restrictions may be found on the City of Parksville website at parksville.ca.
— Submitted by the City of Parksville