Customers of the nine Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) Water Service Areas are, as of April 1, subject to the Stage 1 watering restrictions. This means that sprinkling can only occur between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., on any day of the week, for any duration.
Hand-watering, drip irrigation and micro irrigation can be applied at any time. Vegetable and food gardens are exempt from the restrictions.
“The Stage 1 restrictions are a soft entry-point to the outdoor watering season, which serves as a reminder that the dry months are ahead and planning for efficient irrigation is important,” RDN chair Bill Veenhof said in a news release.
In addition to the RDN Water Service Areas (Nanoose Bay Peninsula, French Creek/Sandpiper, San Pareil, Englishman River Community (River’s Edge), Melrose Place, Surfside, Decourcey (Pylades), Westurne Heights and Whiskey Creek), other local water providers that moved to Stage 1 Restrictions on April 1 include:
The City of Parksville, EPCOR French Creek and Bowser Waterworks District.
For more information and a map that displays the water service areas in the region including their current watering restrictions, visit www.teamwatersmart.ca.
— RDN news release