Expect Stage 2 water restrictions in early June, say SCRD staff

The warm weather of the past month has resulted in snow melt at a rate that did not occur last year until June – and with the melt comes anticipation that Stage 2 outdoor water restrictions for those on the regional water system will be in effect by early June.

That prediction was made by Remko Rosenboom, infrastructure general manager, at last Thursday’s infrastructure committee.

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“For the remainder of the summer the water supply from the creek will depend on rainfall and the stored water in Edwards and Chapman Lake,” added Rosenboom.

The long-term weather stats calls for warmer-than-normal temperatures but do not indicate anything about abnormal precipitation.

“The earliest we have is May 29 for Stage 2 so this is a little bit later than the earliest,” said Leonard Lee, director for Area A.

Sechelt director Darnelda Siegers asked whether it’s possible to communicate the impact of precipitation on water levels at Chapman to the public, something constituents are asking her for.

“We’re aware of the appetite in the community for increased communication and we’re looking at ways to advance that, in terms of status updates,” Rosenboom said.

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