Short bursts of unseasonably hot weather are taking a toll on Whistler’s water supply, and the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is responding by asking Whistlerites to do their part to conserve it.
“Whistler has had multiple short periods of unseasonably hot weather this spring, which have resulted in inconsistent snowpack runoff that clouds the surface water and impacts the municipality’s ability to use Whistler’s largest single water supply—21 Mile Creek,” reads an RMOW press release.
The RMOW is pointing people to its new outdoor potable water stages, which focus on a wide range of water uses, including irrigation, washing vehicles, and filling hot tubs.
Stage two restrictions will take effect on June 27.
Under the rules, lawns, trees, shrubs and flowerbeds can be watered by hand on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m., or by automatic in-ground irrigation any day between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Washing vehicles, boats and motorized equipment will be prohibited.
Stage two restrictions will not apply to Emerald Estates, which is not on the 21 Mile Creek supply system and will remain at stage one.
“The 21 Mile Creek water supply has fluctuated and the demand for water has been high … the municipality has been challenged to keep water reservoirs full,” according to the release. “Fire risk continues to be a major concern in the community and being prepared at all times is a municipal priority."
A complete explanation of the Outdoor Potable Water Conservation Stages and their implications can be viewed at whistler.ca/savewater.
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