Chilliwack Moves Back To Stage 2 Watering Restrictions

Chilliwack, BC – Effective Wednesday, September 9, 2015, the City of Chilliwack moved back to stage 2 watering restrictions. Lawn sprinkling will now be allowed two (2) days per week in the morning OR evening. This will continue until summer watering restrictions end on September 30.

On Wednesday, September 3, the Ministry of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations downgraded the drought rating for BC’s south coast and Lower Fraser areas to Level 3 from the previous level 4 rating, which is the highest possible drought rating. The Sardis Vedder aquifer water level has come up with the recent rainfall events and now stays at higher than the normal water levels at this time of the year.

In order to be good stewards of our water resources, the City of Chilliwack is continuing with Stage 2 watering restrictions. Under these watering restrictions, residents are allowed to water two days a week between 5 am to 8 am OR 7 pm to 10 pm. Even numbered addresses can water on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and odd numbered addresses on Thursdays and Sundays. Residents that do choose to water their lawns during these times should ensure they don’t unnecessarily water sidewalks or roads.

Watering flower and vegetable gardens, shrubs and trees are permitted at any time with the use of a spring-loaded hose adaptor, watering can, or soaker hose.

With the move back to stage 2 watering restrictions, outdoor impermeable surface washing for aesthetic purposes is allowed (i.e. driveways, sidewalks, buildings, etc.) with the use of hand-held container or hose equipped with a spring-loaded shut-off device.

You CAN WASH YOUR CAR BUT the hose has to have a spring-loaded shut-off device.

The City will continue with enforcement until the end of September. Those caught watering outside of the restricted hours will be provided with a warning before receiving a $100 fine.

For more information, please visit www.chilliwack.com/WaterRestrictions. Violations can be reported to the Engineering Department at 604.793.2907.

Stage 2 Watering Restrictions

Even number addresses – Wednesday & Saturday between 5 am – 8 am OR 7 pm – 10 pm

Odd number addresses – Thursday & Sunday between 5 am – 8 am OR 7 pm – 10 pm

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