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Filling pools forbidden on Sunshine Coast as water restrictions bump up

As another hot stretch affects the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island, water restrictions have been raised to Stage 3.

The SCRD has declared everyone using the Chapman water system is now on Stage 3 restrictions, which means no watering your lawn, or watering your shrubs, trees, or flowers with sprinklers.

Watering with hand held hoses, hand held containers, or drip-irrigation is permitted up to 2 hours per day, from 7:00am to 8:00am and 7:00pm to 8:00pm. It will not effect commercial, food-producing farms.

You will also not be allowed to fill swimming pools or ponds while the restrictions are in place.

“Due to dry weather, meeting environmental creek flows and the ongoing community demand, the water level at Chapman Lake has dropped quickly over the last few weeks,” says Shane Walkey, SCRD Manager, Utility Services. “At this time, we really need residents to conserve water at every opportunity, inside and outside the home. If the dry, hot weather persists, we may be looking at a move to Stage 4 and a complete ban on outdoor water use by early September.”

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Meanwhile, SCRD water users on the Egmont, Earls Cove, and North Pender Harbour water systems as well as groundwater sources in Langdale, Soames Point, and Granthams Landing remain at Stage 1.

Violating the water restrictions can lead to a $400 fine.

Complaints may be submitted through an online complaint form, 604-885-6806, or by emailing [email protected].

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