The Regional District of Nanaimo is easing water restriction levels in all of its water service areas for October.
Due to the hot summer, low winter snow pack and another anticipated dry summer in 2016, the regional district said it will reduce water conservation levels to Level 3 from Level 4.
Level 1 is the usual level for this time of year.
Level 3 water restrictions allow for watering every other day based on odd and even numbered house addresses. Hand watering can take place anytime and car, boat and house washing are permissible.
Sidewalk and driveway washing and the filling of fountains, pools and hot tubs are not allowed.
The restriction change only applies to residents in regional district water services areas, including Nanoose Bay and Decourcey (south of Nanaimo).
The eight service areas depend almost exclusively on groundwater sources, according to the district, and don’t replenish as quickly after rainfall as compared to surface water sources.
All watering restrictions will be lifted as of Nov. 1, the regional district said.
The City of Nanaimo is not currently under any watering restrictions.
For more information, please visit www.rdn.bc.ca.