Brown lawn season: no sign of drought, but ‘Stage 1’ water usage restrictions in effect beginning today

The Sooke Reservoir is at 100% capacity as of yesterday, meaning that any additional rainfall causes water to spill out of the reservoir and eventually into the ocean.  The reservoir simply cannot collect any more water.

Despite that, the CRD has implemented “Stage 1” water restrictions today across the region.

According to the CRD:

Stage 1 of the Water Conservation Bylaw Use Schedule is in effect May 1 through September 30, each and every year, unless more stringent water conservation measures are required.

Under the restrictions, those with homes with EVEN street addresses may water lawns on Wednesdays and Sundays, from 4-10am and 7-10pm only.  ODD numbered homes may have lawns watered on Thursdays and Sundays, in the same hours.

Established trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetable gardens may be watered by a hand-held hose with a shut-off device or hand held container, or micro/drip irrigation system, on any day at any time.
 
Established trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetable gardens may be watered with a sprinkler on any day, but only during the designated watering times 4 – 10am and 7 – 10pm.
 
Municipalities may water lawns and boulevards on Monday and Fridays during the hours of 1 – 10am and 7 – 10pm.
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