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SOLE for drought still in effect on Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast Regional District’s water usage targets have been met by residents.

Despite that, the State of Local Emergency (SOLE) for low water levels in the Chapman Water System is still in effect.

In an update on Tuesday – one week after the SOLE was declared – the district thanked residents for reducing their water use to help them meet their target of 8.5 million litres per day.

Along with rain extending their water supply, they were also successful in diverting some of their Environmental Flow Needs for Chapman Creek to residential use.

As of Tuesday, they were holding off on any plans to reposition siphons on Edwards Lake. While it was approved by BC Parks, the forecasted rain may raise lake levels enough that they don’t need to move them.

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The Church Road Well Field is also almost ready for usage, as they’ve completed preliminary work on the transmission main. The SCRD expects it to be ready for usage in early November.

They’ve also been fixing leaks in the water system. While most were on the smaller side, they say one that’s been patched was leaking the equivalent of indoor water use for 160 homes.

At this time, no new restrictions have been added to those on the Chapman Water System.

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