Level 3 Conservation Regulations Now in Effect
The District has moved to Level 3 Conservation effective immediately.
The St. Mary lake level, while still higher than 2014/15//16, is at 40.514 m asl and beginning to drop more rapidly, as is Maxwell Lake. There is little to no rain in the long term forecast and we have had no precipitation since June 18th so we are at zero percent of normal for 30-day percent of average precipitation. 30-day percent of average precipitation is one of the core indicator thresholds used by MFLNRO to determine the regional drought levels. The East Vancouver Island region is currently in Level 2 Drought; however, zero percent of the 30-day percent of average rain represents a Level 4 Drought condition because anything less than 25% is a Level 4 Drought condition. The District has therefore decided to be prudent and move to Level 3 immediately in order to ensure a continued supply of water for domestic consumption. Click here for details on the District’s conservation regulations in Bylaw 274 or refer to the guidelines for Level 3 below:
Water Conservation Level 3 – Every Other Day Watering
Note: For Levels 1-3 “Sprinkler Watering” includes all overhead and spray-type systems and micro and drip irrigation type systems.
Odd numbered civic addresses may water on odd numbered days and even numbered civic addresses may water on even numbered days. Watering times are 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and for no more than one (1) hour in duration per period with a maximum of two (2) hours of total allocated watering per day.
For multi-unit stratas, watering applications may be applied based on “unit numbers” or “irrigation zones” to achieve the net same level of watering on permitted days (i.e. half of the watering/irrigation is undertaken on odd numbered days and half on even numbered days). This approach requires the prior written consent of the Trustees.
Landscape and Vegetable Gardens
Vegetable gardens, shrubs, trees and flowers are restricted to a hand held container or a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle if watered outside of the times permitted for no more than one (1) hour in duration per watering day.
(Note: This is not an “extra” hour. If you do not water during your scheduled watering times you are limited to one (1) hour total for the day.)
Vehicle and Boat Washing
Vehicles, RVs, and boats may be washed with water using a hand held container or hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle.
Driveways, Sidewalks, Parking Lots and Buildings
No person shall use District supplied potable water to wash sidewalks, driveways or parking lots and exterior building surfaces, except as necessary for applying a product such as paint, sealers, preservative and stucco, or preparing a surface prior to paving or brickwork.
Wading Pools and Hot Tubs
Wading pools and hot tubs may be filled with water.
Swimming Pools, Garden Ponds and Water Features
Filling of swimming pools, garden ponds and water features is banned.
Public Parks, Open Space, and Sports Fields
Watering of public parks, open space, and sports fields is banned.
Link to the BC Drought Portal