With dozens of new temperatures records set in Metro Vancouver recently, watering restrictions are going into force early.
Around Metro Vancouver, Stage 1 watering restrictions are going into effect on May 15, two weeks ahead of normal.
Residential lawn sprinkling will be allowed on alternating days:
- Even-numbered addresses: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Non-residential lawn sprinkling will be allowed at:
- Even-numbered addresses: Monday and Wednesday mornings from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. PT
- Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. PT
All non-residential addresses will be allowed to water lawns on Friday mornings from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Other Stage 1 water restrictions going into effect mean homeowners cannot water their cars and boats, except with hoses that have spring-loaded shut offs.
There are fears this summer will be so hot and dry, residents will be seeing more and longer water restrictions.
One of the options being looked at is to add water metres to all homes.
“White Rock, West Vancouver, parts of Richmond and Langley all have water meters and it does reduce consumption. Putting a price on water makes people become aware of what they are paying for,” Darrell Mussatto, Metro Vancouver Utilities Committee Chair and Mayor of the City of North Vancouver, said.
-With files from Jon Azpiri