The Regional District of Nanaimo’s Nanoose Bay Peninsula Water Service Area is moving to Water Conservation Level 3 as a precaution to deal with anticipated additional erosion in clay banks along the Englishman River over the summer months.
Residents of the Water Service Area may sprinkle for one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening instead of the two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening allowed under Water Conservation
However, residents are still permitted to water every other day.
The Nanoose Bay Peninsula Water Service Area is served by both local groundwater wells and a connection, during the summer months, to the City of Parksville water supply.
Losing the water from the City of Parksville connection puts significant pressure on the remaining groundwater resource.
“When there is a significant amount of clay eroding into the Englishman River, it means that this water source is temporarily unavailable,” said Area E director George Holme. “The result is that both the City of Parksville and the RDN Nanoose Bay Peninsula Water Service Area have to move to ground water sources only.”
— Submitted by the RDN