Heavy rain in areas of Metro Vancouver over the weekend have not been enough to replenish water reservoirs that are now below normal levels.
North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto, who chairs the Metro Vancouver Utilities Commission, says people still need to keep a close eye on how much water is being used.
He says the one thing that would make the biggest difference is for people to stop watering their lawns.
“You don’t need to water your lawn. Lawns don’t die, they go dormant. And if everyone was to decide not to water their lawns we’d certainly have a much better picture of reservoirs than we do now.”
Mussatto says though a day or two of rain doesn’t replenish our supplies, it does help.
“People’s use does drop when we get the cooler weather, they don’t water their lawns as much, which is a very good thing and the consumption drops so if stays like that the rest of summer that would be fine.”
The hard numbers for just how much water we used last week have not come out yet but are expected Monday afternoon.
Mussatto says we will need significant rain fall in the next few months to ensure adequate reservoir levels for the fall.
In the second week of water restrictions, Vancouver City, Fire and Park Board officials say residents are doing well, but need to remain vigilant.
Vancouver Fire Chief John McKearney says the biggest issue is smokers, eleven causing small wildfires since last Wednesday. the biggest issue is smokers, eleven causing small wildfires since last Wednesday.
“Discarded cigarette butts can quickly start a small grassfire which can lead into a tree or a house fire.”
The city has issued more than 850 water restriction warnings in the last couple of weeks, a dozen 250-dollar tickets, most of them, they say, going to residences.
The city, Park Board and Vancouver Fire are asking people to call if they see any sort of fire danger and also call if they see anyone using water who should not be.