The Town of Ladysmith has entered into Stage 1 of water restrictions in anticipation of the drier summer months ahead.
The regulations were brought into effect on May 14 in Ladysmith, with the same also now in place for the Diamond Improvement District and Stz'uminus First Nation.
It means that sprinkling will only be permitted for two hours each day for regular households until Oct. 31. Sprinkling can take place from 6-8 a.m. each day or from 8-10 p.m. Even numbered houses are to water on the even days with odd numbered houses on the odd days.
Exemptions are nurseries, tree farms, school and municipal playing fields, sprinkling permit holders, car dealerships and other commercial enterprises which require regular use of water to operate a business.
At the start of the month the Town of Ladysmith's director of infrastructure services, John Manson, said he didn't see anything more than Stage 1 regulations coming into effect throughout the summer.
He said that was primarily due to the strength of Ladysmith's watershed which he says is "in a different league" to the rest of the Cowichan Valley, after the water crisis last summer. Manson did also say that in the scenario of a sustained period of extremely dry weather, the town would have no problem increasing the water restrictions. Stage 2 would see the two hours of sprinkling reduced to two days a week for each house.
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