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Time to conserve: Metro Vancouver water restrictions begin in three weeks

Last Updated Apr 10, 2019 at 1:06 pm PDT

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Local reservoirs a bit lower than ideal for this time of year

Metro Vancouver's water committee chair expects reservoirs will be in good shape for the summer

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Despite the dreary weather out there, water restrictions kick in across Metro Vancouver in three weeks.

The local reservoirs are a bit lower than ideal for this time of year.

“One of the factors in the reservoir level is the size of the snowpack, which is just slightly less than the average size this year,” said Metro Vancouver Water Committee chair and Richmond mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“But there’s other factors and other sources of water — the precipitation — so, we feel that right on schedule, we’re going to be up to 100 per cent. It’s going to put us in good shape for the summer.”

Stage 1 restrictions kick in on May 1 and will last until mid-October.

“That was a precaution that we’ve taken for the last number of years, to move ahead the water restrictions for the lawn sprinkling. I think we’re going to be in good shape this year, even if we have a pretty dry summer.”

When the water restrictions begin, people who live in even-numbered homes can water their lawns on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. Homes with odd-numbered addresses are allowed lawn watering on Thursdays and Sundays from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m.

There are also restrictions for businesses and rules for watering trees, shrubs and flowers.