Thursday, June 30, 2016

'Drought Level' Not Related To Watering Restrictions

Nanaimo Remains at Stage 2 Restrictions

On June 28, the Province of BC elevated the 'drought level' on south eastern Vancouver Island to 'Level 4 - Extremely Dry'.  This is based on precipitation and stream levels.  'Drought Level' is not related and should not be confused with the City's Watering Restriction Stages.

The City supports the Province's call for practising water conservation, particularly with discretionary outdoor water use. 

Stage 2 Watering Restrictions (every other day watering) have been in effect since May 1, 2016 and will remain in place until the end of September.  The City's water supply at Jump Lake is at its normal storage level for this time of year.

The new watering restrictions have helped ensure consistency across the entire mid-Island area. It is still important that everyone maintain a conservation focus to preserve our precious drinking water and avoid further restrictions.

Similar to last year, we encourage residents to let their lawns go golden. Outdoor watering uses twice the water compared to winter time use.

"We are pleased to report that Jump Lake is still at full storage - exactly where we want it to be at this time of year.  Water use is up slightly over last year, due to the early warm spell.  Efforts at conserving water now will help make sure that Nanaimo's supply will remain healthy throughout the summer, and will allow us to ensure that flows to the Nanaimo River can be supported as well."  -  Bill Sims City of Nanaimo 


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