Some reprieve for people who have been under Stage 3 water restrictions since mid-July.
Metro Vancouver is returning to stage 2, with the hope of going into stage 1 as early as next week.
Cooler temperatures, some much-needed doses of rain, and better daily water consumption numbers have allowed Metro Vancouver to ease the restrictions.
North Vancouver mayor Darrell Mussatto is hopeful some co-operation from the weather will allow the utilities committee to go down to stage 1 soon.
“Most importantly it’s the rainfall we’ve had over the last 7 or 8 days.”
“If we do get some rain early next week or we do stay not too bad, we should be able to go to stage 1 soon and we’re hopeful for that.”
Mussatto outlines what we’re now allowed to do:
“Pools mean you can use them, refill them, they’re back in action… Al the garden ponds’ water features can be used.”
Reservoirs have been holding at 60% for the last week, which Mussatto believes is an adequate supply of water for the fall.
In addition to lawn sprinkling regulations, there are other water use restrictions when Stage 2 of the Water Shortage Response Plan is activated.
Some examples are:
- Private and commercial washing of driveways, sidewalks, and parkades as well as pressure washing are only allowed for health and safety purposes. Aesthetic purposes are not allowed.
- Sports and sand-based playing fields may only use the minimum level of water needed to keep them in usable conditions.
- Water use is also prohibited for public and commercial fountains and water features.