While the current hot dry weather is perfect for the beach, the City of Parksville is moving to Water Conservation Level 3 to ensure a steady supply.
Under the system coordinated with the Regional District of Nanaimo last year, the city is on Level 2 restrictions automatically during the summer unless conditions call for more.
On July 18 the city moved to Level 3, the toughest restriction next to a complete ban.
This allows one hour of watering at a time for a total of two hours on specified days between 6 – 10 a.m. and 6 – 10 p.m. Odd numbered addresses can water on odd numbered days, even numbered on even days.
Multi-unit buildings can divide the watering by unit number or irrigation zone to ensure the net effect is half the watering is done in two hours each day. This requires prior written consent of the city.
Vegetable gardens, shrubs, trees and flowers can only be watered with a hand held container or a hose with a shut-off nozzle outside the permitted times. Vehicles, RVs and boats may be washed with a hand held container or shut-off nozzle hose.