Although it has been a rainy spring so far, dry summer conditions will be here soon. Incremental watering restrictions are implemented each year in May by most water purveyors in the region to provide a proactive and predictable framework to guide sprinkling practices as we prepare for the dry summer period.
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.
"The Stage 2 restrictions target automated sprinkler systems, to ensure they are operated efficiently and not wastefully as we move into our dry season," said RDN Chair Bill Veenhof. "Under normal conditions, we expect to stay in Stage 2 restrictions for the duration of the summer. We thank residents for doing their part to conserve water outdoors."
Hand-watering, drip irrigation and micro irrigation can continue at any time. Vegetable and food gardens are exempt from the restrictions. Washing vehicles and outdoor surfaces is still permitted, as is filling fountains, hot tubs and pools.
In addition to the nine RDN Water Service Areas (Nanoose Bay Peninsula, Englishman River Community (River's Edge), French Creek/ Sandpiper, San Pareil, Whisky Creek, Westurne Heights, Melrose Terrace, Decourcey (Pylades), and Surfside) other local water providers that are moving to Stage 2 Restrictions on May 1st include:
District of Lantzville will move to Stage 1 on May 1st. Town of Qualicum Beach will move to Stage 1 on May 15th. Other water service areas are not implementing restrictions at this time.
For more information on the water restriction stages for the region and a map that displays the water service areas including their current watering restrictions, visit www.teamwatersmart.ca.
Drinking Water & Watershed Protection Coordinator
Regional District of Nanaimo