With temperatures rising rapidly, the question is: are we in for a sequel to last summer’s historic drought?
City of North Vancouver mayor, and chair of Metro Vancouver’s Utilities Committee Darrell Mussatto says things are looking better, largely due to an increase in the snowpack.
Mussatto says they are also working with B.C. Hydro to increase the amount of water available to the region.
However, this doesn’t mean people can use water wherever and whenever they want this summer.
“Well, we still have to make sure that we use our water judiciously in the summer period. So, we are starting our restrictions a bit earlier this year – two weeks earlier – so May 15th. It is very important that we start sort of watching how much water we use over the summer period, and we are going a bit longer into October 15th. We have been making some great strides. People are reducing their consumption, but we have to keep that up this year.”
He says his hope is the region will avoid what he called last summer’s ‘once in a lifetime’ drought conditions.