A few days after regional authorities implemented tougher restrictions on the use of water across Metro Vancouver, consumption is higher than normal.
North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto says daily usage is up to 1.6-billion litres of water and that’s higher than any single day last year.
“We’re hoping that people now will only water their lawn once a week should they want to water it and that they’ll also try to conserve the water in other ways, so that we can make it well into the Fall.”
The chair of the Metro Vancouver Utilities Commission says reservoir levels have dropped to 75 per cent from 79 on Friday.
“We are sort of having an extended hot, dry spell, so people are using water more than we would have in the past, especially this time last year –coupled with the low snow pack and a low rainfall, it means the reservoirs are being drawn down a little bit quicker than we normally would expect them to be.”
Mussatto says compliance has been good since tougher restrictions were implemented Friday, but conditions haven’t been this bad since 2003 when BC recorded its worst fire season on record.
“We certainly have to monitor the situation. We’re going to see how well people respond. We’re hoping that, with judicious use of water, watering your lawn only once a week should you want to water it, we’ll be able to get through the entire season at stage two level.”
He adds “I’ve never wanted to have the PNE open as much as I have right now because it always seems to rain during the PNE, so, it can’t come soon enough.”
Another warning from the City of Vancouver during these hot summer days: Follow the water restrictions currently in place or face a hefty fine.
“The number of calls are just continuous; we’ve issued about 600 warnings since restrictions went into place..”
With reservoir levels dropping from 79 to 75 per cent since Friday, the City of Vancouver’s Jerry Dobrovolny is reminding the public that they’re enforcing the restrictions in a number of ways.
“We are receiving complaints. We have fourteen enforcement officers out in the field issuing warnings and tickets. The 3-1-1 line is receiving reports from residents that have concerns and have observed people not following the rules.”
Dobrovolny says a $250 penalty can be levied at any time to someone violating the water restrictions.
The updated Stage 2 restrictions can be found here.