Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Nanaimo Watering Restrictions Start June 1/15

Water Supply Levels Update
Jump Lake currently at full storage

This is the third release on water supply levels.  Water levels are stable; inflow to Jump Lake has continued, but starting to diminish.  Storage is currently at 100% of full.  We are hopeful that we will remain close to 100% for the next 4 weeks.  Fisheries release to the Nanaimo River has started.

At this time, there is no need to increase Conservation Level above Level 1, contingent on future updates.  Conservation Level 1 will come into effect on June 1:- even numbered addresses can water on the EVEN days of the month (e.g. June 2, 4, 6). Odd numbered addresses can water on the ODD days of the month (e.g. June 1, 3, 5)

Nanaimo Engineering & Public Works staff continue to monitor water levels closely, and will issue periodic updates.

With zero snow pack this past winter, the City is concerned that water supply may be stressed. Rain will help keep the reservoir level full, but long stretches of dry weather can deplete the reservoir quickly. Reservoir Level is at 100% of full as of 11 May 2015, thanks to rain.

"Summer watering restrictions are an annual occurrence, helps ensure that there is water available for all, and keeps sufficient water aside for fire fighting.  Restrictions also help us be mindful of all water uses, and help keep a conservation mindset to protect this precious resource.  This year, due to the low snow pack, we want to ramp up communications with the public, so there are no surprises if we find it necessary to shift to Level 2 restrictions.

Our current view, with Jump Creek Dam at full storage, is that we should be in good shape at the start of summer
." - Bill Sims Manager, Water Resources Engineering & Public Works 


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