The Nanoose Bay Peninsula Water Service Area is under a stage four lawn watering restriction. The ban is in place after a pump failure at the Craig Bay Pump Station. Photo courtesy the Regional District of Nanaimo.

The Nanoose Bay Peninsula Water Service Area is under a stage four lawn watering restriction. The ban is in place after a pump failure at the Craig Bay Pump Station. Photo courtesy the Regional District of Nanaimo.

An immediate escalation of water restrictions to the Nanoose Bay Peninsula Water Service area is in place following a pump failure at the Craig Bay Pump Station.

The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) says the water service area is at a stage four ban from stage two and prohibits all outdoor water use including lawn watering, vehicle and boat washing, filling pools or fountains and outdoor washing, including power washing.

The stage four restrictions are in place until a backup pump has been installed and reservoir levels have recovered to an acceptable level, which is expected to happen before the weekend.

The Craig Bay Pump Station supplies water from the Englishman River in Parksville to the Nanoose Bay Peninsula Water Service Area and the RDN says the pump failure “significantly reduces the water supply to the service area during a time of peak summer demand.”

Watering gardens by hand are still allowed between 7-10 a.m. or 7-10 p.m. and vegetable gardens are exempt from all restrictions.

When a backup pump is installed, a level three restriction will be in place because of hot, dry conditions and an increased fire risk.

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