Water restrictions continue until further noticeWater restrictions continue until further notice<div class="ExternalClass6D93B2CA28F14721B89C06205902DDD0"><p><a href="/services/water/sources-supply/reservoir-levels/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Metro Vancouver's water supply is still well below normal</a>. While a few days of rain dampen our gardens and parks, with reservoir levels currently at 55% versus the 65-75% normally seen at this time of year, we still need a considerable amount of sustained rain to replenish the reservoirs. Stage Three restrictions are in place until further notice, and include, among other activities, a <em>complete prohibition on lawn sprinkling</em>.</p><p>Metro Vancouver's <a href="/services/water/WaterPublications/WSRP_At_a_Glance_2015_TableOnly.pdf" target="_blank">Water Shortage Response Plan</a> is designed to manage the demand for drinking water during the summer months or emergencies. It focuses on reducing outdoor water use, and has four stages to restrict or prohibit certain activities depending on the severity of the water shortage.</p><p>Stage Three restrictions include: </p><p><strong>Prohibited</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Lawn sprinkling is prohibited;</li><li>Municipal exemption permits for new‐lawns or nematode application are prohibited;</li><li>Watering of trees, shrubs, flowers, decorative planters and vegetable gardens by sprinklers or soaker hoses is prohibited; </li><li>Private pressure washing is prohibited;</li><li>Washing of driveways, sidewalks and parkades for aesthetic purposes is prohibited;</li><li>Washing of all cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and other recreational vehicles is prohibited;</li><li>Golf course fairway watering is prohibited;</li><li>Cemetery lawns – all forms of watering are prohibited;</li><li>Municipal parks ‐ all forms of watering are prohibited;</li><li>Operation of ornamental fountains is prohibited;</li><li>Filling or refilling of private swimming pools, hot tubs and garden ponds is prohibited.</li></ul><p><strong>Permitted</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Hand watering of trees, shrubs, flowers, decorative planters and vegetable gardens using a spring-loaded shutoff nozzle, containers, or a drip irrigation system is permitted;</li><li>Watering of turf at turf farms or flowers and vegetables at commercial gardens is permitted;</li><li>Hosing of outdoor surfaces (e.g. driveways, sidewalks, roofs) if required to avoid public health and safety concerns or to prepare a surface for painting/sealing is permitted;</li><li>Commercial pressure washing for health and safety purposes or to prepare a surface for painting or similar purposes is permitted;</li><li>Commercial car wash operations are permitted;</li><li>Golf course watering of greens and tee areas at minimum levels required to maintain areas in useable condition is permitted;</li><li>Sports playing field (including sand-based) and school yard watering at minimum levels as required to maintain areas in useable condition is permitted;</li><li>Artificial turf requiring wetting and outdoor tracks if required for dust control or safety reasons is permitted.</li></ul><p>For more information visit our web pages on <a href="/services/water/water-conservation/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Water Conservation and Reservoir Levels</a> </p><p><a href="/services/water/water-conservation/summer-water-2015/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=newsletter36&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" target="_blank"><strong><em>Be #waterwise</em></strong></a><strong><em> - </em></strong><a href="/services/water/water-conservation/lawn-sprinkling/Pages/default.aspx#videos?utm_source=newsletter36&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" target="_blank"><strong><em>Don't Waste a Drop</em></strong></a><br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue12-waterwise.jpg2015-08-26T07:00:00ZGP0|#0774283d-71f2-4a07-ae02-062bba6e3fd0;L0|#00774283d-71f2-4a07-ae02-062bba6e3fd0|Issue 12;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassEF0B91FF8E84426B9A9EDC6240E4CB4B"><p>Due to the early spring and summer, as well as the hot and dry weather, <a href="/services/water/sources-supply/reservoir-levels/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Metro Vancouver's water supply is below normal</a>. Stage Three restrictions are in place until further notice, and include, among other activities, a <em>complete prohibition on lawn sprinkling</em>.</p></div>0