Officials with the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) and Campbell River say water restrictions will come into effect May 1.
The RDN says it is moving to Stage two restrictions, meaning lawn sprinkling is limited to “even and odd day” watering.
The nine RDN Water Service Areas, and other local water providers, are moving to Stage two, meaning even-numbered houses are permitted for sprinkling on even days, and odd days for odd-numbered houses.
Watering is permitted for a maximum of two hours between 7 and 10 a.m. and 7 and 10 p.m. and is in effect through September, unless otherwise advised.
Vegetable and food gardens are exempt from restrictions.
Campbell River is going to Stage one restriction Wednesday, meaning lawn watering for odd-numbered houses is permitted from 5 to 9 a.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Even-numbered addressed homes can water lawns during those hours Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
The city says “watering gardens, trees, shrubs and community gardens by hand or spring-loaded type nozzles with automatic shut-off connected to hose is allowed at any time during the day in all stages of watering restrictions.”
Officials say city staff witll be in the community to provide education on the city’s water restrictions and tips to use water efficiently.