All outdoor watering will be banned in the Sunshine Coast beginning Thursday.
The regional district has decided to move to Stage 4 water restrictions because of the unrelenting drought.
“Looking at the weather for the next couple of weeks, it looks quite warm except for a few showers this Friday,” says acting manager of utility services Shane Walkey. “We need heavy rain to start sustaining rain in the lakes, not just a few showers.”
Metro Vancouver remains at Stage 3, which means you can’t water your lawn or wash your car, but you can still water your plants with a watering can or a hose with a spring-level nozzle.
Stage 4 means you can only do that with grey water — whatever’s left over from washing the dishes or taking a shower.
What is banned:
- Sprinkling of lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers or vegetables
- Hand watering of lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers or vegetables
- Washing vehicles or boats
- Filling pools, spas, garden ponds, or fountains
- Ban on all sprinkling of sports fileds, maintaining public swimming pools, water parks
- Commercial Operations
What is allowed:
- Watering with grey water from bathing and/or dishwahsing
- Watering commercial food crops on licensed farms
Darrell Mussatto, North Vancouver City mayor and chair of the region’s utilities committee, says he doubts the more severe stage will be called into effect anytime soon.
“So far, people are doing the right thing and I’m very proud the residents here.”
Water consumption in Vancouver has dramatically decreased since the middle of July.
You can check out the differences between water restriction stages here.