Island communities could run out of water by August
Read this July 9 story from CBC.ca on the dire water situation facing several Vancouver Island communities.
A popular B.C. seaside tourist zone is so drought-stricken that it faces the toughest water restrictions in B.C..
City officials say if people continue to water and power wash at the current rate, Parksville and the area surrounding Nanaimo will run out of water.
“We will run out of water. Literally right now if we continue at the consumption levels that we are at right now we will have insufficient water by end of August.” said Fred Manson, Parksville’s chief administrative officer.
The new restrictions are Level 4, and affect Parksville and the District of Nanaimo — but not the City of Nanaimo, which remains at Level 2 water restriction. The area relies on local rivers, which were already low because of a reduced snow pack.
The new rules mirror those in the Level 3 restrictions already in place in the Comox Valley and the Cowichan Valley, which uses a different rating system, and the Level 4 restrictions announced for Salt Spring Island last week.
The decision by Parksville city and District of Nanaimo officials came after water storage levels dipped low enough that it could impact their ability to fight a large fire or supply the city residents with water if there is another fire.
“I knew it was serious,” said Grae Dickason, owner of Home Pro Painting, who lives in Nanaimo.
He says his city’s water source is a reservoir and does not rely on run-off fed rivers as in Parksville and Nanoose Bay, but the water restrictions still hit his business hard. He can’t use city water to clean “algae and moss, spider poop and bird poop” off homes he’s working on in the district of Nanaimo.