The City of Parksville downgraded water restrictions to Stage 2 for September. — File Photo

Parksville watering restrictions downgraded to Stage 2

Move expected through end of September

The City of Parksville has reduced the watering restriction to Stage 2, after raising it to Stage 3 in early August.

In a news release, the city said restrictions are expected to remain at Stage 2 for the rest of September and go to Stage 1 for October “unless otherwise advised.”

“The city thanks residents for their efforts to conserve water this summer,” reads the news release.

“Please not that vegetable gardens and fruit trees are exempt from all watering restrictions and businesses which require water for operations are also exempt.”

RELATED: Parksville asks for further reduced water use

Stage 2 includes the following restrictions:

– Odd-numbered civic addresses may perform sprinkler watering on odd-numbered days and even-numbered addresses on even-numbered days. Watering times are 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for a maximum of two hours of total allocated watering per day.

Multi-unit strata developments may vary hours of use as required, with prior written permission from the director, to accomplish maintenance and upkeep in cases where developments have irrigation systems separately metered and can demonstrate that inadequate times exist within water restriction stages to sustain plant stock.

-The watering of ornamental shrubs, flowers and trees is restricted to hand-held containers or a hose equippped with a shut-off nozzle if watered outside of the times permitted.

-Washing of vehicles, boats and exterior building surfaces may be washed using city-supplied potable water using a hand-held container or hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle.

For more info on city water restrictions, go to

— Submitted by City of Parksville

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