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

Third straight loss ends Langley’s Junior B Thunder season

The local squad could not snare a win against the Port Coquitlam Saints.

Giants bringing Point Roberts talent to Langley

The Vancouver Giants have announced a new signing.

VIDEO: New doctors, but fewer spaces for patients in Langley

Retirements have left some Langley residents without a family physician.

Throwback Thursday: July 19, 2018

Can you help us caption a photo from Langley’s past?

Langley Thunder stop Shamrocks

The local lacrosse season is close to wrapping up.

Here’s what you need to know about Day 2 at the BC Games

From equestrian to volleyball to swimming, all 18 events in full swing here in the Cowichan Valley

Okanagan wildfires have potential to become firestorms, says UBC expert

David Andison said to let smaller fires go, to create pockets in the landscape for new forests

From hot dog to not dog: stuffed toy prompts car break in

Victoria couple said dog toy had been in the backseat for 18 years without problems

VIDEO: Open water swimming from B.C. to Washington in 24 hours

The swim will take a full day, meaning Susan Simmons will be swimming in the black of night

ZONE 4: Heart surgery didn’t stop Liam Haysom’s journey to the BC Games

Coquitlam soccer player refused to be sidelined for long after treatment for heart condition

Cigarette packs with graphic images, blunt warnings are effective: focus groups

Warnings considered effective flag ailments smoking can cause, like colorectal and stomach cancers

Canada’s title hopes quashed at Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco

On the men’s side, Canada was eliminated in the round of 16 as they were shut out by Argentina 28-0

‘We are doing the right thing:’ Protesters dig in at anti-pipeline camp

B.C. Supreme Court ruled in March that both the camp and a nearby watch house could remain in place

Astronaut drops in on Kraftwerk gig, plays duet from space

Alexander Gerst becomes an astronaut musician with live performance from International Space Station

Most Read