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Abbotsford & Mission Drops From Stage 3 Water Restrictions, To Stage 2 – Chilliwack Will Explore Options

Abbotsford/Mission/Chilliwack (With files from Global) – The City of Abbotsford and the District of Mission is moving back to Stage 2 water restrictions after being under Stage 3 restrictions since July.

“As a result of the substantial rainfall that we have been experiencing over the past number of days totaling over 340 mm at Dickson Lake, between August 27 to September 2, the lake level has risen enough that we are comfortable returning to Stage 2 restrictions,” said Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun and Mission Mayor Randy Hawes in a release.

“Additionally, more rain is forecasted over the next couple of days which should further contribute to the recharge of Dickson Lake.”

Abbotsford and Mission share joint water utilities and infrastructure.

“We will be continuing to monitor the Dickson Lake level closely over the coming weeks, although Stage 2 restrictions will remain in place until September 30 regardless,” said Hawes.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank residents for their conservation efforts over the past few months – your efforts were critical in helping us conserve the lake level.”

Stage 2 of the joint Water Shortage Response Plan allows residents in both communities to sprinkle their lawns twice a week in the morning, between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.

Residents can also water flowers and vegetable gardens, refill pools and ponds, and wash cars and boats with a hose equipped with spring-loaded shut off.

Abbotsford and Mission Engineering Departments will begin issuing new lawn sprinkling permits next week.

The City of Chilliwack Engineering Department will meet after the long weekend to discuss where the City will go with their own water resources and decision.

 

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