Some reporters either don't know about or understand where the boundaries of the Regional District of Nanaimo are. So, that's no doubt why the reference was made to the "District of Nanaimo" rather than RDN.
The same thing happened in this area where reporters referred to the recent fire in North Oyster as being either in Cedar or Nanaimo. Geographically challenged.
Rita-------------------------------------------------------Nanaimo, Parksville move to level 4 water restrictions with extreme drought conditionsVancouver Island hit hard by water shortage as hot, dry weather continues
CBC News Posted: Jul 09, 2015
Resort towns and beach destinations like Parksville and Nanoose Bay are now under Level 4, the highest water restrictions in B.C.
A popular B.C. seaside tourist zone is so drought-stricken that faces the toughest water restrictions levied in B.C.so far.
City officials say if people continue to water and powerwash at the current rate, Parksville and Nanaimo will run out of water.
"We will run out of water. Literally right now if we continue at the consumption levels that we are at right now we will have insufficient water by end of August." said Fred Manson, Parksville's chief administrative officer.
The new restrictions affect Parksville and the District of Nanaimo — but not the city of Nanaimo
which remains at Level 2 on the province's drought measurement system. The area relies on local rivers, which were already low because of a reduced snow pack.
The decision by Parksville city and District of Nanaimo officials came after water storage levels dipped low enough that it could impact their ability to fight a large fire or supply the city residents with water if there is another fire.
"I knew it was serious," said Grae Dickason, owner of Home Pro Painting, who lives in Nanaimo.
He says his city's water source is a reservoir and does not rely on run-off fed rivers as in Parksville and Nanoose Bay, but the water restrictions still hit his business hard. He can't use city water to clean "algae and moss, spider poop and bird poop" off homes he's working on in the district of Nanaimo.
Dickason is considering the cost of hiring a water tanker and tallying the loss the drought is costing his painting business.
Courtney Knight is visiting Parksville from Whistler with her toddler, and says cuts to opening hours at the spray park will affect their day.
"It will definitely restrict our time at the park, but it's understandable," Knight said, who extended her stay in Parksville, because the air quality from wildfires was so bad back at home in Whistler.
While most commercial lawns, such as golf courses, have their own wells, other businesses such as car washes are shutting voluntarily to conserve precious drops.What does Level 4 mean?
• No outdoor sprinkling, even newly seeded lawns.
• Limited (hand-held container or hose equipped with shut-off nozzle) watering of vegetable gardens, trees, shrubs and flowers. Drip irrigation only between certain hours.
• No vehicle washing.
• No building or driveway washing.
• No filling pools or fountains.