Unfortunately, during the first week of Stage 3 restrictions, water demand continued to increase well beyond normal summer consumption. The RDN and City of Parksville wish to emphasize that it is critical for residents to be efficient with their water use to maintain reservoir levels for fire protection. Water staff will continue to monitor water demand and if this trend of high water use continues, imposing a Stage 4 outdoor watering ban will be necessary to ensure that water supply for essential household use, community use and fire protection can be maintained.
Stage 3 offers flexibility for residents to decide where and how they cut back on water use; however, it is critical that reductions are implemented. Here are some helpful tips on how to cut back on water use:
We appreciate the efforts of residents to conserve water this summer. Not all water service areas are under Stage 3 - Information about watering restrictions in the region, along with additional tips on saving water can be found at www.teamwatersmart.ca.
Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Coordinator
Regional District of Nanaimo