Effective September 10, Metro Vancouver has lifted Stage Three Watering Restrictions, and we are back to Stage Two. Here’s what they look like: Lawn sprinkling is permitted once a week in the morning but prohibited during evening hours when demand is highest. Water use is also prohibited for public and commercial fountains and water features. For residences, even-numbered addresses may water their lawn between 4-9 a.m. on Monday, and odd-numbered addresses may water between 4-9 a.m. on Thursday
University Sprinklers’ resident Rainwater Harvesting guru, Whalen Bishop, recently completed an interesting residential rainwater harvesting system project in Anmore, BC (outside of Coquitlam). Five tanks are being used to supply a high efficiency irrigation system, plus all of the water taps on the outside of the house. A sixth tank will be used as a catchment and holding tank for a feature waterfall.
Rainwater Harvesting is an insurance policy against watering restrictions, both present and future, as both recycled and greywater are exempt from restrictions in Metro’s Water Shortage Response Plan.
Metro Vancouver has just announced Stage Three Watering Restrictions as part of the Water Shortage Response Plan, effective July 21. So how do you keep your garden alive and well during this time? Stage Three doesn’t have to mean you let your garden die. We have water-wise solutions that can save the day!
Most people living (and breathing in the smoky air!) in the Lower Mainland are aware that Stage Two Watering Restrictions are now in effect. This precautionary measure has been taken by Metro Vancouver as a result of lower than usual precipitation experienced this spring, and its impact on our reservoirs. Not surprisingly, our phones in the office are ringing off the hook, with questions regarding timer operations, and people seeking clarification on the restrictions, so we hope with this blog posting we can answer some of those questions for you.