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Aug 25, 2017

Temporary Stage 3 Water Restrictions Come into Effect September 8th

Beginning September 8, the Town of Ladysmith, Diamond Improvement District, and Stz’uminus First Nation will adopt Stage 3 watering restrictions.  This temporary move will allow Town Public Works crews to perform scheduled maintenance on the Holland Lake chicken ladder intake.

"Dredging of the chicken ladder intake at Holland Lake is typically carried out in September prior to the return of the rainy season.  To complete this important work, the Holland Lake system is shut down, leaving just enough water to maintain fish flow. Then, the Town's water supply is temporarily drawn from the Stocking Lake system," said Guillermo Ferrero, Chief Administrative Officer.

"Moving to Stage 3 watering restrictions allows us to ensure we can provide enough water from the Stocking Lake system to meet daily demands, while avoiding a potential draw-down from the Arbutus Reservoir. Having said that, I would like to remind residents that saving water is the right thing to do at any time of year. As a community, we must make more of an effort to conserve water before we run into serious problems in the future."

During Stage 3 water restrictions, the following apply:

  • Lawn Watering (using sprinklers and irrigation systems) is NOT permitted.
  • Hand Watering of trees, shrubs and gardens using a hose with a spring-loaded nozzle, a bucket or watering can is allowed for a maximum of 2 hours a day, between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. or 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.
  • Micro-drip irrigation can take place at any time, for a maximum of 4 hours a day. Micro- or drip irrigation uses less than 20 gallons of water per hour at less than 25 pounds per square inch (psi). This does NOT include soaker or weeper hoses.
  • Filling pools and hot tubs is NOT permitted. However, in order to avoid damage to pumps and machinery, you may top up your hot tubs and pools to make up for evaporation.
  • Washing vehicles, houses, boats, driveways and sidewalks is NOT allowed. Limited washing of driveways and houses is allowed as part of the preparation for applying paints or preservatives, or pouring concrete.

Water conservation not only protects the environment, it also saves money. Here are some simple tips for conserving water at home and in your yard and garden:

  • Install a low flow toilet (and apply for a rebate from the Town)
  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, washing your hands, washing dishes, etc.
  • Take short showers instead of baths
  • Run full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher
  • When waiting for running water to get hot or cold, collect it in a watering can or jug to water your plants
  • Forgo lawn watering and embrace your brown grass
  • Collect rainwater in a barrel and use it for watering plants and gardens
  • Use mulch on your gardens to hold water
  • Sweep, don't hose off, your driveway, deck, walkway and patio
  • Cover your swimming pool and hot tub when not in use to reduce evaporation
  • Wash windows with a bucket and squeegee instead of a hose

It is anticipated that dredging work will be completed sometime during the week of September 18.

We would like to hear from residents about efforts to conserve water. Post your comments, suggestions and brown lawn photos on our Facebook and Twitter pages and remember that "Every Drop Counts".

 Ladysmith is a spirited community that values its small town quality of life, where we work together as stewards of our heritage, environment and economy.

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