The Chemainus water system is now on Stage 3 water restrictions as of Monday, Aug. 6.
Stage 2 water conservation measures are in effect for the Crofton and South End water systems within the Municipality of North Cowichan.
A sprinkling ban is imposed under Stage 3 while Stage 2 sprinkling times are confined to 7-9 a.m. or 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays for even numbered houses and Thursday and Sunday only for odd numbered houses.
Hand watering can be done between 7-9 a.m. or 7-9 p.m. for a maximum of two hours per day on any day of the week. This is for hand watering trees, shrubs and gardens using a hose with a spring-loaded nozzle or a bucket.
Filling pools and hot tubs, washing vehicles or boats and washing driveways, houses and sidewalks is not permitted under Stage 3.
Exceptions to the water restrictions are nurseries, turf farms and tree farms; school and municipal playing fields; garden irrigation permit holders; car dealerships and other commercial enterprises that require water use to facilitate normal business activities.
For full details, visit www.northcowichan.ca.