Beginning May 1, Stage 2 water restrictions will come into effect for the entire regional district of Nanaimo.
Stage 2 water restrictions limit the frequency residents can water their lawns and run their sprinklers to rotating odd and even schedules based on their address.
Those with even-numbered addresses may run their sprinklers and water their lawns on even days, and vice-versa for odd-numbered homes.
During Stage 2 restrictions, sprinkling is only permitted for a maximum of two hours, either between 7-10 a.m. or 7-10 p.m.
One exception will be the Decourcey Water Service Area, which will remain under Stage 4 restrictions — prohibiting the watering of lawns, filling pools, and washing vehicles, among other things, at all times.
The only exception to these restrictions is for residents with vegetable gardens and fruit trees.
For a more in-depth map of all water restrictions taking place, visit the regional district of Nanaimo’s website.
“With the prospect of a dry summer ahead, proactive water conservation measures must be taken now to meet future water demands for essential household use, fire protection, irrigation purposes and environmental flows,” read the announcement.
The move to limit water usage comes as summer-like temperatures approach parts of Vancouver Island, with Greater Victoria set to see above 20-degree weather starting Friday, according to Environment Canada.
Nanaimo is expected to reach the 20-degree mark over the weekend as well before things cool down for most regions Sunday.
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