The City of Nanaimo is letting its lawns go golden to promote water conservation.
Irrigation for lawns at facilities and medians have been shut down.
— City of Nanaimo (@cityofnanaimo) July 9, 2015
Watering at major sports fields has been reduced by 50 per cent or more and irrigation to lesser used fields has been shut off .
Young tree saplings are being protected.
The city’s water supply at Jump Lake is currently 85 per cent of full storage. Daily consumption is averaging around 60 million litres, about average for this time of year.
While Nanaimo remains on Level 2 water conservation – twice per week watering – the city encourages residents and businesses to let lawns go dormant over the summer.
The city hopes to provide education over enforcement to reach the highest level of water conservation by raising public awareness about water use priorities.