Nanaimo lowers watering restrictions to Level 1

NANAIMO – Heavy rains bring reservoirs to seasonal levels.

The City of Nanaimo has reverted to Level 1 watering restrictions, thanks to recent heavy rains and water conservation efforts through the summer.

During the past week, the Jump Lake watershed received about 150 millimetres of rain, bringing the reservoir to 75 per cent of full storage capacity.

Bill Sims, city manager of water resources, said that level of storage is normal this time of the summer season and places the city in a comfortable position for the remainder of summer and fall even if the region receives no more rain.

“Nanaimoites really conserved water well,” Sims said. “That’s nearly 20 per cent over the course of the summer and that’s not allowing for population growth and so on, so that’s really pretty impressive.”

Level 1 watering restrictions came back into effect today (Sept. 2) and allow even-numbered addresses to water on even-numbered days of the month. Odd-numbered addresses can water on odd-numbered days of the month.

Sims said the city will go into the winter season expecting a mild winter with little snow pack.

“We’ll go into it braced for that kind of winter again,” Sims said. “Our approach to managing water will be similar. We’ll just start storing water early and we’ll just be sort of on top of it early.”