Ucluelet is under Stage 1 Water Restrictions.

Ucluelet announces water restrictions

“If we get a significant amount of rain it’ll have an impact," said public works manager Warren Cannon.

  • Aug. 15, 2016 7:00 a.m.

Auren Ruvinsky

writer@pqbnews.com

 

Due to the dry summer conditions, Ucluelet moved to stage one water restrictions Aug. 2 until further notice.

“In terms of normal for this time of year, based off three to five years data – except for 2014 – we seem to be on par with our average,” said public works manager Warren Cannon.

Unlike Tofino which has gone to an automatic stage one for water conservation, the District of Ucluelet bases the decision on their water consumption and availability.

For Ucluelet, stage one means residents can water lawns and gardens for a total of two hours a day between 6-10 a.m. or 6-10 p.m. on alternate days. Even numbered addresses can water on even numbered days, odd numbered addresses can water on odd numbered days.

A news release says “By adhering to these water restrictions, you will assist in stabilizing our supply of potable water for drinking, household use and fire protection.”

Cannon said the more restrictive stage two is on their radar, depending on whether, explaining, “If we get a significant amount of rain it’ll have an impact.”

Stage two would decrease watering times to one hour twice a week.

Ucluelet is experiencing low recharge rates from its two water sources, an artesian well at “Mercantile Creek and an aquifer at Lost Shoe Creek at the junction,” Cannon said, adding that they can choose the source or blend them as needed.

For more information in Ucluelet call 250-726-7744.

Tofino meanwhile adopted an automatic stage one system this summer which is now in place every summer from May 1 to Oct. 1.

Tofino residents can currently water lawns and gardens between 6-9 a.m. and 7-10 p.m. Odd numbered addresses can water on Mondays and Thursdays, even numbered on Tuesdays and Fridays.

The more restrictive stages remain at the discretion of the chief administrative officer and manager of public works depending on consumption and the water supply. For Tofino information call 250-725-3229.

 

Just Posted

Vancouver measles outbreak prompts vaccine vigilance on Island

No cases here yet, but Island health authorities push measles vaccinations - and not just for kids

The long winding road to Tofino-Ucluelet—then and now

If you are feeling frustrated about the Highway 4 closures, sit back read about what came before.

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

Farm and Garden Show coming to Tofino

Greenthumbs unite at the Tofino Botanical Gardens from Feb. 22-24.

Steelhead LNG stops work on Kwispaa LNG project near Bamfield

Huu-ay-aht First Nations ‘deeply disappointed; Steelhead says funding is the problem

Students give two thumbs up to no more B.C. student loan interest

Eliminating the loan interest charges could save the average graduate $2,300 over 10 years

Ontario man accused of killing 11-year-old daughter dies in hospital, police say

Roopesh Rajkumar had been hospitalized with what police described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Manitoba ‘pauses’ link with ex-B.C. premier Gordon Campbell after allegations

Campbell had been hired to review two major hydro projects

City of Port Alberni cancels tourist train operations for 2019

Steam train to McLean Mill is out of commission for repairs; city wants to re-examine rail costs

Heritage minute features Japanese-Canadian baseball team, internment

The Vancouver Asahi baseball team won various championships across the Pacific Northwest

UPDATE: Woman, off-duty cop in critical condition after stabbing outside B.C. elementary school

The officer was interceding in an alleged assault when he and the woman were stabbed

$10-a-day child care not in 2019 budget, but advocate not irked

Sharon Gregson with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. says NDP on track to deliver promise

B.C. Seniors Advocate questions labour shortage in care homes

Are there really no workers, or are care aide wages too low?

B.C. business groups worry about looming economic decline in wake of NDP budget

The party’s second government budget focused on plenty of spending, business advocates say

Most Read