Langley faces watering restrictions early

Metro Vancouver is putting watering limits in a month early.

  • May. 4, 2016 5:00 a.m.

Local water restrictions are taking effect earlier than in previous years and will last longer to try and cope with the warm weather.

Metro Vancouver stage 1 restrictions begin May 15 in both Langleys. In the past they started a couple of weeks later.

All municipal water users are under the restrictions.

“We have been experiencing longer, hotter seasons and everyone needs to make a commitment at home to ensure our water levels are respected,” said Erin Pawlikowski, coordinator of the Township Water Wise Program, which is conducted by the Langley Environmental Partners Society.

Lawn sprinkling is only allowed from 4 to 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays for homes with even numbered addresses, and from 4 to 9 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays for odd numbered addresses.

Water supplies are not limitless, Pawlikowski said.

“That’s why people need to let their lawns go golden and focus on draught-resistant landscaping. We need to think about what’s important, and little efforts make a big difference if everybody does them.”

Non-residential properties with even numbered addresses can sprinkle lawns Mondays and Wednesdays 1 to 6 a.m., with odd numbered addresses permitted Tuesdays and Thursdays 1 to 6 a.m. Non-residential addresses can sprinkle lawns Fridays 4 to 9 a.m.?????

Those on private wells are not bound by the restrictions, but the Township asks them to conserve water as well.

“During the warm season, our water usage increases by 50 per cent, which puts a strain on the environment and our limited water resources,” said Township environmental coordinator Meaghan Norton Daniel.

She noted that some parts of the Township rely solely on groundwater drawn from local aquifers. If too much water is extracted in these areas, there is the potential for a water shortage. Other areas serviced by the Township’s municipal water system receive a mix of groundwater and water from Metro Vancouver reservoirs, which rely on snowfall and rain to replenish them each year.

Township fire crews reported several fires over the last week of April and into early May.

“I wouldn’t say it’s the norm, but I wouldn’t say it’s unusual,” said assistant chief Bruce Ferguson.

Last year was highly unusual, with an extremely dry spring and summer that led to dozens of brush fires over several months. Fire crews were busy.

He said that the number-one culprit in brush fires remains discarded cigarettes.


Just Posted

End ‘exploitative’ parking fees at Lower Mainland hospitals, group says is criticizing a new contract between health authorities and Impark

Langley thespian performs in upcoming rom-com

Mikayla Wust, a recent graduate at TWU, plays the lead in Beau Jest.

Langley East MLA could testify in logging lawsuit

Rich Coleman has been put on the witness list for a lawsuit against TimberWest.

WATCH: Kwantlen artist paints and installs Indigenous mural in Fort Langley

First Nations painter Brandon Gabriel created a piece of art for Cranberries Naturally.

Surrey woman plans to travel after winning $500,000

Frances Jarvos bought her winning ticket at Willowbrook Mall in Langley

New Canada Food Guide nixes portion sizes, promotes plant-based proteins

Guide no longer lists milk and dairy products as a distinct food group

Abbotsford woman speaks out after she fainted and bystanders ignored her

Meghan Canavan says bystanders walked by with no offer of help after she fainted recently

Cannabis-carrying border crossers could be hit with fines under coming system

Penalties are slated to be in place some time next year

Man accused of threatening to kill ‘as many girls as I see’

Christopher W. Cleary wrote he was angry because he’d never had a girlfriend and wanted to ‘make it right’ with a mass shooting

Canadian talent abound on newly revamped Vancouver Whitecaps squad

Lineup is full of new faces after the organization parted ways with 18 players over the off-season

Fraser Valley Bandits reveal mascot name

Berry the Bandit officially unveiled, makes first public appearance tomorrow

B.C. Green leader calls for long-term legislature financial audit

Andrew Weaver says trust in clerk and sergeant at arms is gone

No charges in fatal police Taser incident in Chilliwack

RCMP watchdog concludes no evidence of excessive or disproportionate force was used by officers

Here’s what the B.C. legislature officers are accused of buying with taxpayers’ money

Personal trips, purchases, alcohol and more laid out in 76-page report by Plecas

Most Read