The city of Vancouver says the number of water violations reported during May have been significantly higher than last year.
Since the restrictions came into effect they’ve received 154 reports.
Daniel Roberge with the City of Vancouver says it’s very important for people to respect the rules — no matter the weather or forecast.
“The weather has no effect on the restrictions. The restrictions are the restrictions, they’re the same restrictions we’ve put on every year.”
He says it’s vital to preserve drinking water to make sure the reservoirs last until rain season.
For those with automatic sprinklers, Roberge recommends they be programmed to match the city’s watering schedules.
North Vancouver’s mayor Darrell Mussatto says the snowpack is currently below normal, which is why water conservation is key.
“It’s really important even though the rain is falling that we stick to our water restrictions, because we have to make sure if we have a drought between now and actually the end of October, which can happen, that we have water in the reservoirs for that,”
Stage one restrictions have been in place since May 15th.
Even though this year’s restrictions began two weeks earlier than in 2015, by this time last year the city had only received 10 reports of violations.
Roberge says a successful water conservation campaign may be behind the increase in numbers.
“We just think there’s been a little bit more calls at 311 because we had a media release, we were talking about the restrictions a little bit more, there was a bit of publicity and I think people were curious and calling 311.”
People watering their lawn outside permitted times can face a $250 dollar fine.