The Capital Regional District wants Southern Gulf Island residents to further reduce water consumption.
The district is asking residents and visitors of the islands to decrease their indoor water usage and stop all outdoor usage with some exceptions.
It says the high level of sustained drought has prompted the request to lower water usage, according to a CRD press release.
“Drinking systems on Salt Spring Island and the Southern Gulf Islands are especially vulnerable to drought conditions,” said the CRD in the release. “Levels in most water supply sources are already low with little or no rain to replenish them in the short-term forecast.”
The CRD says watering of lawns, turf or boulevards should be avoided along with outdoor surfaces, such as driveways and sidewalks, as well as vehicles and boats.
It says hand water can be used in some scenarios, but motion-activated sprinklers shouldn’t be used.
The district says while it appreciates the efforts that have been made by those on the Southern Gulf Islands, more is needed and is urging those on a CRD-owned water system to check the guidelines for their area on the drinking water systems page.
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