With summer temperatures on the rise across the Sea to Sky and little rain in the forecast, conserving water is critical.
To that end, the Village of Pemberton (VOP) imposed Level 2 water restrictions effective June 8. The measures aim to reduce the strain on the municipal water system and maintain a sustainable drinking water supply by requiring residents to cut down on watering their lawns.
Under Level 2 restrictions, even-numbered addresses can water their lawns on Thursdays and Sundays, and odd-numbered addresses on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Watering can only occur between 4 and 9 a.m. or 7 and 10 p.m.
In-ground irrigation systems are allowed to operate between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. Hand-watering, drip irrigation, and vegetable garden watering is permitted under Level 2.
If drought conditions worsen, the VOP will move to Level 3 water restrictions, which only permit sprinkling once a week, and prohibit using garden hoses for washing outdoor surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways, vehicles, and boats.
Level 4, if it comes to that, prohibits all sprinkling, irrigation and garden-hose washing. At every level, hand-watering, drip irrigation, or vegetable garden watering is still allowed.
Exceptions to the water restrictions apply to places such as sports fields, parks, farm and commercial agricultural operations, public gardens, golf courses with proper permitting, and turf and sod on the right-of-way of public roads.
Find more info at pemberton.ca/waterrestrictions.