The Regional District of Nanaimo water service areas are transitioning back to Stage 2 watering restrictions immediately –and later to Stage 1, starting Oct. 1.
The Province of B.C. downgraded the Eastern Vancouver Island drought ranking to Level 2. This follows the weather shift to cooler temperatures and the return of precipitation that has helped streamflow levels recover after a sustained drought period.
RDN Stage 2 watering restrictions will be applied to all the water services areas except the Decourcey Water Service Area.
Under Stage 2 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. Car washing, fountain or hot tub filling, and outdoor surface washing may also resume. Hand-watering or vegetable garden watering may occur at any time, any day.
Stage 1, which will come into effect on Friday, Oct. 1 permits sprinkling any day of the week only between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Unless otherwise stated, all watering restrictions will be lifted on Monday, Nov. 1.
“The RDN thanks residents for doing their part to conserve water during the hot, dry summer we experienced,” read a press releas. “Reducing non-essential water use helped retain water for our aquatic environments, our fire protection and essential household use.”
For a map that displays the water service areas in the region including their current watering restriction stage and tips on water conservation, visit rdn.bc.ca/watering-restriction-map and teamwatersmart.ca.
— NEWS Staff, submitted