Metro Vancouver announced that the city is moving into stage two water restrictions due to lower reservoir levels. This is the first time the Metro area has moved into stage two since 2003.
The unusually hot, dry weather means levels are 79% full, which is at the low end of the normal range. Now lawn watering will be reduced from three times a week to once a week. Even numbered addresses can only water their lawns on Monday mornings from 4 to 9 a.m., while odd numbered addresses can only water their lawns Thursday mornings during the same time of day.
Watering in the evening is forbidden, since it’s peak times for laundry, showers, and dishwasher use.
“Metro Vancouver takes water conservation and protection of our sources of drinking water extremely seriously,” said Chief Administrative officer Carol Mason. “Over the last several years, our lawn sprinkling regulations have had a significant positive impact on reducing water demands in the peak summer season, and we are asking residents and businesses to further conserve water at this time.”
We typically see about 12 days of rain in June, and we have had virtually none.
Beyond just lawn watering restrictions, public and commercial fountains will not be allowed to operate. Just one hour of watering your lawn can equal 25 toilet flushes, five loads of laundry, and five dishwasher loads.
Since introducing seasonal water restrictions, Metro Vancouver says there has been a 27 per cent decline in per-capita water use since 1993.
People can also conserve water by not hosing down their driveways, sidewalks, and garden pathways, using a spray nozzle when washing your car, and fixing leaky faucets and hose connections.