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.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
— NEWS Staff, submitted