Apr 30, 2020

Stage 2 Water Restrictions in effect May 1 for Ladysmith, Stz'uminus First Nation and the Diamond

Stage 2 Water Restrictions are being introduced beginning on Friday, May 1 for the Town of Ladysmith, Stz’uminus First Nation, and the Diamond Improvement District and will remain in effect until further notice.  
During a typical year, Stage 1 Water Restrictions would be in effect at the start of May.  
However, changes in historical weather patterns are causing the Town to carefully manage the distribution of our water resources.
Ladysmith and area has experienced dry weather since mid-February.  The trend of lower precipitation is consistent with recent years and total rainfall for April 2020 is below historical averages. 
Water regulations help control usage and are in place annually until October 31.  It’s important for everyone to use water responsibly during these hot, dry months of the year. 
The commissioning of the new Water Filtration Plant and resulting increase in water use has in part led to the Town’s decision to move to Stage 2 earlier this year. 
Ongoing testing at the facility is a necessary step in the final phase before the plant is brought online. 
Water data also shows that residential consumption has trended higher in recent weeks, likely as a result of more people self-isolating at home during COVID-19. 
So what is changing as a result of us entering Stage 2 Water Restrictions on May 1?
Residents are encouraged to follow the guidelines for watering times and avoid washing driveways and sidewalks.  Click here to refer to our water restrictions poster for full details.
Thank you for your cooperation in making every drop count.