No fines yet for water infractions in Parksville

The city reports it had issued eight warnings as of Tuesday

Today marks the 24th day since Parksville city council detailed just how much residents could be fined if they ran afoul of water restrictions during this time of drought.

As of Tuesday afternoon, not one person has been fined, but eight people have received warnings, according to the city.

On July 20, council gave final reading to a bylaw which authorizes bylaw officers to ticket residents not in compliance with water conservation restrictions.

The bylaw makes the contravention of water conservation regulations a ticketable offence. Fines are as follows:

• Connection to water system without written permission, $150; Use of water contrary to conservation levels, $100; Allow waste of water, $100; Failure to use water in accordance with the provisions of the bylaw, $100; Obstructing a city employee or officer,  $400.

On July 8, the City of Parksville along with the Regional District of Nanaimo, moved to a Comprehensive Watering Ban (Level 4 Conservation). The city said its bylaw compliance officers and operations department “water patrol staff,” through public information materials and warnings, are working to obtain compliance from residents prior to ticketing.