RDN Water Service Area - Watering Restrictions

RDN Water Service Area - Watering Restrictions

This webpage is dedicated to RDN Water Service Area Customers only. This includes the neighbourhoods of Surfside/McFeely Drive, Whiskey Creek, Melrose Terrace, River's Edge, French Creek- Sandpiper, San Pareil, Bissel Road/Pylades Drive, and Nanoose Bay Peninsula (Fairwinds, Garry Oaks, Red Gap, Beachcomber, Madrona Point and Wall Beach).
  • Private wells are not subject to municipal watering restrictions.

Click here for an interactive web map showing watering restrictions throughout the Regional District of Nanaimo.

On October 1, customers in the RDN water services areas will be in Stage 1 Watering Restrictions

2019 Watering Restrictions
Water restrictions with specifics

General Information

  • A person may water vegetable gardens or fruit trees any day at any time.
  • Hand-watering is exempt from watering restrictions, but must be done using a hand-held container or a hose equipped with a shutoff device.
  • Micro irrigation and drip irrigation are exempt from watering restrictions, but must deliver irrigation water to the root zone of the plant and use less than 20 gallons per hour at less than 25 PSI. This does NOT include soaker hoses.
  • Washing vehicles, boats, and houses (siding) must be done using a hand-held container or a hose equipped with a shutoff device.
  • Commercial enterprises (i.e. power washing and window washing companies, nurseries, tree farms, etc) are exempt from watering restrictions.
  • Commercial property owners may vary hours of water use with written permission from the Manager of Water Services.
  • Public service premises and utilities may vary hours of use as required to accomplish maintenance and upkeep of public installations.
  • School and municipal playing fields may vary hours of use as required to accomplish maintenance and upkeep of fields.
  • If hot, dry, summer conditions persist and water sources are showing signs of stress, the Manager of Water Services will direct RDN water service customers to Stage 3 or Stage 4 Watering Restrictions. You will be notified by a combination of radio ads, newspaper ads, website ads, social media, roadside signage, and flyers if the water conservation stage becomes more stringent.
  • Please contact RDN Water & Utility Services at 1-877-607-4111 if you require further information.

For watering restriction details in nearby communities, please click on the applicable water purveyor: