The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) declared stage two water use restrictions for all regional water users on Tuesday morning, Aug. 6.
All those on the Pender Harbour systems remain at stage one until further notice. Water use doubles, and may even triple, in the summer when seasonal rainfall is at its lowest. Restrictions help ensure that demand does not exceed the capacity of our water supply and distribution system.
Sprinklers may still be used on lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers or vegetables from 7 to 9 p.m. only, restricted to the times allotted for your area.
For District of Sechelt, Town of Gibsons and all rural areas (except Pender Harbour), even addresses: Tuesday, Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m., odd addresses: Monday, Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m.
Hand held hoses with shut-off devices may be used anytime for watering trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables. Hosing of sidewalks and driveways is not allowed.
If a fire occurs in your neighbourhood please shut off all sprinklers to ensure fire fighters have enough water pressure.
Our community has responded well in the past by reducing water usage when required. Please do your part in conserving our precious water resources.
Enforcement staff are now patrolling and violation fines will be issued. Avoid fines and protect your drinking water supply by limiting any sprinkling within the allotted times above.
To report violators contact the SCRD at 604-885-6806 or the Town of Gibsons at 604-886-2274. Visit www.scrd.ca/Sprinkling-Regulations for details on water use restrictions.