Yes. It’s that time of the year again.
Metro Vancouver’s 2019 annual lawn watering regulations came into effect recently. In case we get a long, hot and dry summer, these restrictions will ensure that our drinking water supply will be adequate to see us through this period.
We are currently in Stage One of Metro’s Drinking Water Conservation Plan, which will remain in effect until October 15. Residents across the Lower Mainland will be able to water their lawns two mornings per week, while trees, flowers and shrubs can be watered any day from 4am to 9am only with the use of a sprinkler.
Malcolm Brodie, who is the current Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Water Committee stated in a press release that “Lawn watering regulations have resulted in significant reductions in peak summer water demand and we encourage people to continue respecting these seasonal regulations, especially as we experience hotter and drier summers.”
Survey data collected last month from the Capilano Seymour and Coquitlam watersheds revealed that snowpack levels are slightly low for this time of the year. But reservoir levels are still expected to reach 100 per cent by early summer.
“Long range climate projections show that our region can expect more than double the number of summer days above 25 degrees in the future.,” Brodie stated. According to the Metro Vancouver website, the region’s demand for water remains relatively stable, despite an increase in population.