UPDATED July 8th
Vancouver Island has seen an extremely warm and dry spring and early summer. Record low snowpack has meant that the spring snowmelt came early and was short-lived, for a quicker transition to historic low-streamflow. More info at the River Forecast Centre website.
The Province issued “Very Dry” Drought Conditions for Vancouver Island in early June , advising local authorities to implement voluntary conservation measures to reduce water demandWater demand is an estimate of actual water use.Water demandWater demand is an estimate of actual water use. is an estimate of actual water use. on the strained supply. See the article here: Islanders urged to conserve water. In early July, the Province escalated drought levels for Vancouver Island to “Extremely Dry”, to convey the severity of low streamflows and impact to water supply. This also enables Provincial regulatory response such as the Angling Ban.
The RDN initiated Level 3 Watering Restrictions in mid-June and as of July 9th is now under a Level 4 Comprehensive Watering Ban.
The Level 4 Comprehensive Watering Ban applies to the 8 RDN water service areas including Nanoose Bay Peninsula. The City of Parksville shares the same water restrictions as the RDN.
This prohibits all outdoor lawn and garden sprinkling, vehicle washing and power-washing. Watering by hand-held container, hose with shut-off nozzle and drip irrigation is permitted only for vegetables, flowers, trees and shrubs.
Team WaterSmart is across the region with their interactive booth on water conservation and water protection throughout the summer. Be sure to keep an eye out for them in your community! Tips and resources at www.teamwatersmart.ca