An unseasonably hot and dry spring has prompted the Regional District of Nanaimo to implement Stage 3 restrictions for its nine water service areas.
According to a media release, the increased temperatures have forced rapid snowmelt over the past few months to no longer contribute to surface water levels causing an increased risk of wildfires going into the summer months.
The district says conserving water now will help ensure a safe water supply for household use, fire protection, and stream flows for fish and irrigation.
The RDN says they are asking city residents to limit their day watering to two hours a day between the hours of 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. and depending on your house number to observe even or odd day watering.
Water system capacity and conditions vary across the region, which means not all providers will be moving to Stage 3. Residents are encouraged to visit the RDN’s website for detailed and current information.
Restrictions are expected to be implemented on June 15.