Honeymoon Bay residents that pride themselves in their gardens’ upkeep can breath a sigh of relief, as stage three water restrictions have been lifted.
The stage three water restrictions in Honeymoon Bay were in place for about two weeks, until they were lifted Tuesday, August 16, and replaced with the less severe stage two restrictions.
“This is good news for the community of Honeymoon Bay,” area director Ian Morrison said.
Stage three stipulates that residents may only employ hand-watering, and may not use a hose.
“You can hand water all you want, because hand watering isn’t a wasteful activity,” Morrison said, adding that people tend to leave their sprinklers on. “Sprinkling is the killer.”
The stage three restriction was enacted in response to a couple of leaks, which have since been repaired.
With residents’ compliance with the watering restrictions has come a replenished well, allowing for stage two restrictions to come into place.
Stage two allows for the following; Residents living in even-numbered houses may water on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., or between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Those caring for the lawns of odd-numbered houses may water on Thursdays and Sundays, between the same hours as even-numbered houses.
All other Cowichan Lake area communities, including the Town of Lake Cowichan, are currently on stage one restrictions, which limit outdoor watering usage to between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., or 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., with odd-numbered houses sprinkling on odd-numbered days, and even-numbered houses on even-numbered days.