Jul 23 2003
Thirsty lawns looming
Water restrictions could be implemented this summer due to skimpy snowpack and lower water supplies.
Greater Vancouver Regional District may be forced to ban lawn watering if the situation worsens.
White Rock residents would not be affected by restrictions, since their water is pumped from an aquifer monitored by White Rock Utilities.
GVRD engineers are monitoring water and snow levels in North Shore watersheds that provide the region's supply.
"This year's snowpack is only 50 to 60 per cent of its normal depth," GVRD engineer Mike Boss said.
The region has also had lower in-flows into its reservoirs this year.
The Coquitlam, Capilano and Seymour watersheds supply water to Greater Vancouver. The average daily water consumption for the region is about one billion litres.
Watersheds are down a couple feet and two major supply lakes are out of commission. Burwell Lake Reservoir, which supplies 13 per cent of GVRD's potable water, is off-line due to upgrades. Also, water is not being drawn from Palisade Lake Reservoir, which empties into Capilano watershed, because it didn't refill completely because of a low snowpack.
GVRD implemented Stage 2 lawn sprinkling regulations June 1 to Sept. 30. Regulations are typically in place during dry months.
Current restrictions apply to lawns only, and do not include gardens, shrubs, trees and flower beds.
Lawn watering is allowed from 4 to 9 a.m. and 7 to 10 p.m.
Even-numbered addresses may water Wednesday and Saturday, while odd-numbered houses sprinkle Thursday and Sunday.
For information, call 604-432-6200.
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