The ongoing drought has pushed Regional District of Nanaimo to a comprehensive water ban for all district water services areas.
The comprehensive ban – Level 4 water conservation – takes effect Thursday (July 9) and includes a ban on all lawn sprinkling, including newly seeded and sodded lawns, no washing of vehicles, recreational vehicles or boats, no washing of driveways, sidewalks, parking lots or building exteriors, no filling swimming pools, wading pools hot tubs and garden pond water features.
Watering of vegetable gardens, shrubs, trees and flowers is restricted to using a hand-held container or a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle. Drip-irrigation systems, but not soaker hoses, weeper hoses or micro-sprayers, are allowed 6 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 10 p.m.
Water demands from outdoor water use are the primary stressors on supply.
Regional district officials are concerned that further reduction to emergency water storage levels could impact the ability to fight a large fire and using water to combat a large fire could also reduce the ability to meet water requirements for residents and businesses.
Officials will continue to monitor water supply and advise residents should additional restrictions become necessary.
The City of Nanaimo is unaffected at this time and is subject to its own restrictions.
For detailed information, please visit www.rdn.bc.ca.
Water conservation tips are available at www.teamwatersmart.ca.