April saw rain for 21 of the 30 days of the month, but it doesn’t mean Metro Vancouver is about to put off water restrictions.
Chair of the Metro Vancouver Utilities Committee Darrell Mussatto says stage one restrictions will kick in May 15 as per usual, and there’s a chance we may be in for another brutally dry and hot summer.
“The farmer’s almanac says we could have a dry summer but we want to make sure if we do have one of those, two and three and even four months without significant rainfall, that we can get through those with accurate water supplies for us in Metro Vancouver. And we can do that, we have a very strong delivery system here.”
He says despite reservoirs and snow packs at full capacity, it’s about preaching discipline before a potentially dry summer.
“The rain that we’ve had and the snow that we’ve had takes us to about the middle of June, the end of June and then once July hits we rely on rainfall. We have to have good habits when we rely on rainfall.”
In the event of a hot summer, Mussatto says having good habits when it comes to water use can pay off later on in the year.
“If we have a long hot spell like we did a couple years ago in 2015 we could still have some challenges getting into September and October. We want to make sure people only use as much as we need here and we don’t waste a drop.”
That 2015 hot spell resulted in stage three restrictions, which banned all lawn sprinkling for a period of time.
The restrictions being put in place on May 15 are much less drastic, permitting lawn sprinkling on three days a week for five hour periods.
Mussatto is reminding the public that a discussion to move stage one restrictions to April is still on the table, but that wouldn’t take place until 2018 at the earliest.