The Sunshine Coast Regional District has declared a return to Stage 2 outdoor water use restrictions for all households and businesses on SCRD water south of Pender Harbour.

Stage 1 remains in effect from Pender Harbour to Earl’s Cove/Egmont.

Officials say recent rains have boosted the flow into Chapman Creek and anticipated forecasted rains will help to improve the overall water storage at Edwards and Chapman lakes.

Stage 2 water restrictions mean even addresses can water between 7 and 9 in the morning on Thursdays and Sundays and odd addresses can use water during the same hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Handheld hoses with shut-off devices can be used anytime for watering trees, shrubs, flowers or vegetables.

Hosing of sidewalks and driveways, windows or exterior building surfaces is not allowed.