The City of Parksville, along with customers of the nine RDN Water Service Areas, will begin following stage two outdoor watering restrictions on May 1.
The restriction permits residents to only run sprinklers on even days for even-numbered houses and odd days on odd-numbered houses. Sprinklers can run for a maximum of two hours from 7– 10 a.m. or 7–10 p.m.
The restrictions will be in effect until further notice, according to the City of Parksville.
Vegetable gardens and fruit trees are exempt from all watering restrictions.
Watering ornamental shrubs, flowers and trees are restricted to a hand-held container or a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle, if watered outside of the times permitted.
Vehicles, boats and exterior building surfaces may be washed using city supplied potable water using a hand-held container or hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle, the city said. Residents may also wash sidewalks and driveways with city water.
Swimming pools, wading pools, hot tubs and water features may be filled with water.
“Taking conservation measures early, before our water supplies come under stress, is essential to ensure we can maintain an adequate water supply throughout the hot dry summers we have come to expect,” reads a news release form the City of Parksville.