Despite a rainy April, gardeners will still have water restrictions for May’s flowers beginning Monday.
Metro Vancouver Utilities Committee Director Inder Singh says although reservoirs are at full capacity, water restrictions are not based on seasonal conditions.
Speaking on CKNW Weekend with Charmaine De Silva, Singh says the restrictions exist to get people used to water preservation.
“Metro Vancouver residents and businesses overall do use more water than a lot of other jurisdictions and reducing our per capita use on a continual basis, both you know outside use as well as indoor use, will definitely help us in terms of our water supply situation in the long term.”
He says water demand has been growing as more people move into the region, adding it’s highly treated and that at the end of the day, it costs money.
“Either we can make sure that we use water wisely and efficiently for only what we need, or we can continue to build new infrastructure at very significant costs.”
Singh says the stage one restrictions help control the amount of lawn watering, allowing residents only three days a week in the morning hours.
Lawn watering regulations
Residential lawn watering allowed:
- Even-numbered addresses Monday, Wednesday, Saturday mornings 4 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- Odd-numbered addresses Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday mornings 4 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Non-residential lawn watering allowed:
- Even-numbered addresses Monday, Wednesday mornings 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.
- Odd-numbered addresses Tuesday, Thursday mornings 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.