Under Stage 2 watering restrictions, sprinkling of lawns and gardens is permitted on even and odd days based on house number, for a total of two hours between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. (File photo)

Under Stage 2 watering restrictions, sprinkling of lawns and gardens is permitted on even and odd days based on house number, for a total of two hours between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. (File photo)

Parksville announces Stage 2 outdoor watering restrictions beginning May 1

Vegetable gardens and fruit trees exempt

Parksville will begin following Stage 2 outdoor watering restrictions on May 1.

Stage 2 means sprinkling can only occur on even days for even-numbered houses and on odd days for odd-numbered houses. Sprinkling is permitted for a maximum two hours between 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Stage 2 will be in effect until further notice.

In a news release, the city put out some general information:

• Vegetable gardens and fruit trees are exempt from all watering restrictions.

• Watering of ornamental shrubs, flowers and trees is restricted to a hand-held container or a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle if watered outside of the permitted hours.

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• 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.

• Persons may use city-supplied potable water to wash sidewalks, driveways or parking lots.

• Swimming pools, wading pools, hot tubs and water features may be filled with water.

“Taking conservation measures early, before our water supplies come under stress, is essential to ensure we can

maintain an adequate water supply throughout the hot dry summers we have come to expect,” reads the release.

Detailed information about the city’s water restrictions may be found on the City of Parksville website. The City

is a partner in the Regional District of Nanaimo’s Team WaterSmart programs. Anyone with questions can email ops@parksville.ca.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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