The Regional District of Nanaimo says water restrictions in all nine of its water service areas are being reduced from Stage 3 to Stage 2 effective today, and Stage 1 will take effect Oct. 1. File photo.

The Regional District of Nanaimo says water restrictions in all nine of its water service areas are being reduced from Stage 3 to Stage 2 effective today, and Stage 1 will take effect Oct. 1. File photo.

Water restrictions for all nine water service areas operated by the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) are being reduced effective today.

The RDN says Stage 3 restrictions are reduced to Stage 2, and Stage 1 restrictions take effect Oct. 1 through Nov. 1, unless otherwise advised.

The nine water service areas are Nanoose Bay Peninsula, Englishman River Community (River’s Edge), San Pareil, Surfside, Decourcey (Pylades/Bissel Roads in Yellowpoint), French Creek, Whiskey Creek, Melrose Terrace, and Westurne Heights.

The RDN says EPCOR French Creek, City of Parksville and North Cedar Improvement District are also reducing to Stage 2 restrictions.

Under Stage 2 watering:

  • Watering of lawns and ornamental gardens with pop-up spray, rotors and sprinklers are permitted for odd-numbered civic addresses on odd numbered days and for even numbered civic addresses on even numbered days.
  • Watering times are 7 am to 10 am OR 7 pm to 10 pm for a maximum of two hours of total allocated watering per day.
  • Washing of vehicles, boats, building exteriors can occur at any time with a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle.
For Stage 1:

  • Watering of lawns and ornamental gardens with pop-up spray, rotors and sprinklers is permitted during watering times between 7 pm and 7 am, any day of the week.
  • Washing of vehicles, boats, building exteriors can occur at any time with a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle.
District officials say Stage 2 is normal for September and as hot dry summers are becoming longer and more frequent, the RDN asks residents to be efficient with outdoor watering.

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