The province says after a record dry May, and no significant rain so far in June, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands are now in a Level 3 drought. The situation isn’t much better on the Sunshine Coast.
The province is urging people to voluntary cut back their water use by 20 per cent.
Nanaimo‘s water manager Bill Sims says Nanaimo residents have good water use habits, and the supply at Jump Lake is 95 per cent. But, it’s now started dropping in a way that wouldn’t normally been seen until mid summer.
Sims says, in part to support the provincial request, Conservation Level 2 watering restrictions take effect Monday.
Sims says even numbered addresses can water on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and odd numbered addresses can water on Thursdays and Sundays, but not between 10am and 4pm.
Dave Crosby is the SCRD’s Manager of Utility Services. He says they saw a big spike in water use when the hot weather hit, and they want to be proactive but tightening the hours for outdoor watering.
Odd addresses will be allowed to water Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7-9 am. For even addresses it’s now Thursdays and Sundays from 7-9 am.
The Regional District of Nanaimo has been at Conservation Level 3 since the weekend.